The WISC-IV (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children- Fourth Edition) is an individually administered clinical instrument for assessing cognitive ability of children between the ages of 6 years through to 16 years 11 months. The test provides subtest and composite scores which represent intellectual functioning in specific cognitive domains as well as a composite score which represents general intellectual ability. The WISC-IV takes from 1 1/z to 2 hours to complete.
The report and scoring of results takes a qualified psychologist from 4 to 8 hours to complete.
WHY MIGHT A TEACHER RECOMMEND A WISC REPORT?
A classroom teacher may recommend a WISC if there are inconsistencies in a child’s performance or a child is struggling to comprehend grade appropriate tasks. The WISC assesses a student’s learning, potential and ability.
KEY BENEFITS OF A WISC ASSESSMENT
The main benefits include:
- Early identification of reading learning issues;
- Useful in identifying learning disabilities;
- Understanding of an individual’s learning profile;
- Identification of gifted children;
- The assessment also helps Schools make appropriate; accommodations and develop learning plans for individual students;
- The ability to determine learning processes, which include both strengths and weaknesses and the impact that they might have on individual student performance.