The Foreign Service Journal, December 2023

76 DECEMBER 2023 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT retention and comprehension, retaining larger quantities of information, attending for prolonged periods of time, organizing tasks and materials, beginning or completing tasks, or completing tasks in the allotted time period. While intervention may be helpful to students who are struggling, some may continue to experience difficulty, which may lead to frustration for both students and their parents. When struggle is initially noted or persisting, psychoeducational evaluation may provide a greater understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as information to help the child achieve academic success. For Foreign Service families, in particular, such evaluations may help identify academic intervention and accommodations that may be necessary for children entering or continuing on in American and international schools, as well as transitioning from one school to the other or progressing on in their education to pursue a college degree. What Is a Psychoeducational Assessment? Psychoeducational assessment, or evaluation, is a process by which a trained professional works with those involved in your child’s learning or development to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The goal of evaluation is to assist everyone in understanding how to help your child be as successful as possible. While much of the psychoeducational evaluation remains the same over time, some changes have occurred in the past 10 years. As with any kind of evaluation, measures are routinely being updated to reflect current abilities, educational experiences, and diversity of the populations that the measures assess. Technology has played an important role in the administration of testing measures.