Educational Diagnostic Services
Heather Applegate, Ph.D., Supervisor
Annie Owen, Lead Educational Diagnostician
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.
Educational Evaluations: Educational Diagnosticians administer educational diagnostic evaluations to comprehensively assess the academic functioning and educational needs of students suspected of having educational disabilities, write comprehensive educational reports, and hold parent conferences to explain results and provide interpretation of educational assessment findings.
Academic Consultation: Educational Diagnosticians consult and collaborate with school administration, instructional staff, and parents regarding the individual academic needs of students utilizing curriculum-based measurement and instructional consultation approaches and provide consultative support to school Response to Intervention school teams.
Eligibility Team: Educational Diagnosticians present educational evaluation findings and assist the eligibility team in determining whether a child qualifies for special education or Section 504 services.
Child Study Team: Educational Diagnosticians serve 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 and assist in detemining whether a student is suspected of having an educational disability and in need of an evaluation.
Screening and Progress Monitoring: Educational Diagnosticians screen and progress monitor students receiving academic interventions through a response to intervention (RtI) model and train school staff on how to conduct curriculum-based measurement.
Coaching: Educational Diagnosticians serve as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) coaches.
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 typically with master's degrees in special education or a related field emphasizing instruction, assessment, and learning theory.
Educational diagnosticians are licensed as teachers by the Virginia Department of Education. Some LCPS educational diagnosticians are credentialed as Nationally Certified Educational Diagnosticians (NCED).