Academic journal article School Psychology Review

Editor's Comments: Contemporary Research on Curriculum-Based Measurement

Academic journal article School Psychology Review

Editor's Comments: Contemporary Research on Curriculum-Based Measurement

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School psychology is a field that is broad and far-reaching in scope and practice. As evident in the proceedings from the Futures Conference (School Psychology Review, 32; School Psychology Quarterly, 14), shifts in priority have occurred that depict the ever-changing and dynamic nature of the field. However, the focus is still the same--school psychologists are still innately and intimately concerned with children, families, and schools.

Clearly, school psychologists' roles are broadening and encompass a vast array of skills in consultation, collaboration, intervention, crisis management, and prevention (to name just a few). Our energies are now focused on broader groups of clients, including those with pediatric needs, socioemotional concerns, and low incidence disorders. We work with preschoolers as well as adolescents and young adults, and of course, the family and community systems within which they live.

Despite changes in scope and role, assessment continues to be a mainstay within school psychology. Whereas some have criticized the role of assessment in practice, it is only in the context of a sound and valid evaluation that needs can be understood and meaningful interventions developed. Only through careful assessment can programs and interventions be monitored and evaluated. Fortunately, leading researchers in the field have advanced alternative assessment methods over the past two decades that are both meaningful (i. …

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