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Educational Diagnostic Services

  • Heather Applegate, Ph.D.



  • What do Educational Diagnosticians do?

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    Educational Evaluations: Administers educational diagnostic evaluations to comprehensively assess the academic functioning and educational needs of students suspected of having educational disabilities, writes comprehensive educational reports, and holds parent conferences to provide interpretation of educational assessment findings.

    Eligibility Team: Presents educational evaluation findings and assists the eligibility team in determining whether a child qualifies for special education or Section 504 services.

    Child Study Team: Serves as a member of the Child Study Team to review records and other performance evidence in order to make recommendations to meet the educational and behavioral needs of general education students.  This includes helping the school-based team identify and analyze problems, develop targeted interventions, and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction and student progress. 

    Academic Consultation: Consults and collaborates with school administration, instructional staff, and parents regarding the individual academic needs of students utilizing curriculum-based measurement and instructional consultation approaches.

    Screening and Progress Monitoring: Screens and monitors the progress of students receiving academic interventions through a response to intervention (RtI) model and train school staff on how to conduct curriculum-based measurement.  

    Coaching: Serves as coaches and consultants for the implementation of the Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) frameworks.

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  • Who are Educational Diagnosticians?

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    Educational diagnosticians are specialists who are knowledgeable about academic assessment and prescriptive teaching approaches.  They collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to help diagnose student learning problems, identify their educational needs, and develop instructional interventions to remediate skill weaknesses and evaluate student progress.

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  • What are some facts about Educational Diagnosticians in LCPS?

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    Every school in the division has an assigned educational diagnostician.  Each diagnostician typically serves three to four schools within a geographical cluster.

    Educational diagnosticians are experienced special education teachers with master's degree in special education or a related field emphasizing instruction, assessment, and learning theory.

    Educational diagnosticians are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education.  Some educational diagnosticians are credentialed as Nationally Certified Educational Diagnosticians (NCED).   

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Last Modified on August 23, 2019