1. The Diagnostic Assessment
Before you’ve even decided to work with us, we give your family a valuable gift! For no charge, we administer the nationally recognized Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA) to your student. As I’ve discovered in the past year of tutoring service to the Greenville / Greer area, the value of the KTEA exceeds the waived $150.00 cost.
Many of our students come to us because, for different reasons, their academic performances don’t match their abilities. Parents sometimes request, or are invited to, meetings at school to consult with teachers and other educational professionals to pinpoint their child’s barriers to success. Even under the best circumstances, this can be a daunting moment in a parent’s life.
The Tutoring Center, Greer is happy to attend these meetings as an additional support for our parents. Our Head Instructor is a certified teacher who can help parents know what to expect at these meetings and can de-brief them later, if needed. She frequently brings pertinent data to school meetings and shares when asked.
The KTEA we administer to all of our students is also administered by Greenville County Schools, so our tutors and school officials are speaking the same language and are on the same page! This one fact is a great comfort to many of our parents.
Do you know what RTI means? What happens at an IEP? The educational profession has its own language. Although the school psychologist at one meeting last year patiently explained terms and meanings to the parents, learning a new language during what can be an intense meeting about your child’s educational progress can cause you to feel that you’ve forgotten something, that you missed something, that you didn’t understand everything….
Our families have a certified teacher who will:
- attend interdisciplinary meetings with you
- provide data to the team that may give important insight about your child
- listen and take notes, and
- answer any questions that remain, or explain terms or processes after the meeting
To me, speaking as a parent, this service is priceless!
Some of the most heart-warming conversations I’ve had with parents have been after these meetings. I think when we’re there with them in these meetings, and we speak for them and their children, they see that we love their child, too.
The KTEA pays even more dividends for our Tutoring Center, Greer families. Part of our service is teacher contact, and the KTEA factors heavily in that. One of the tools we use to track each student’s progress with his or her teacher is comparing our KTEA scores with classroom performance. Our initiative to collaborate with your child’s teacher strengthens the educational team around your child.
- We deliver the KTEA to the teacher, and
- schedule a collaborative meeting to compare our scores with the teacher’s observations.
- We immediately implement any pertinent information gleaned from the collaboration into the student’s program to make The Tutoring Center as relevant to class as possible.
- We attempt to check in with teachers periodically to gauge success.
After 40 sessions, the student sits for another KTEA to gauge growth, and we follow the collaborative process again…
As fantastic as the gift of the KTEA is, it’s only the first thing we do for our families! Check here next week to see what more we can do for your child!