Don't You Give IQ Tests?

The secret's out.  Yes, I do.

Prior to 2001 and NCLB, a school psychologists' primary responsibility was to "test and place" students.  School Psychologists were often known as the people to go to when a student was performing significantly outside of the norm for his or her class.  We were then asked to give psycho-educational assessments to students to determine things like: reading ability, cognitive functionality, level of social development, intelligence, and other functions related to a child's performance in school.

However, that role is quickly changing.  Since NCLB, school psychologists are rapidly becoming much more than simply a test administrator.  Testing is no longer the #1 priority of school psychologists, although it is arguably the most well defined.  No other employee in the school knows as much about psychological, educational, or psych-educational testing as school psychologists do.  Period.

Yes, I give IQ tests.  No, they are not the same tests you take on the internet that ask you to solve riddles and identify which pattern of shapes would come next in a sequence.  Those silly tests are not designed to accurately portray your overall intelligence.  They are designed to collect your personal data, entice you to pay money for the complete "results", then send you spam for your time.

I am trained, credentialed, and experienced in giving several types of assessments.  In many schools, there are only a small handful of professionals who are trained and authorized to even see these tests (testing companies are very tight-lipped about the content of their tests.)  In a large number of rural schools, school psychologists are the only professionals who carry this distinction and responsibility.

Although many educators and community members still see school psychologists as nothing more than test-givers, that will soon change.  I look forward to the day when school psychologists are recognized for the wide variety of educational services that we can offer, not simply the ability to test children for exceptionalities.