The Foreign Service Journal, December 2023

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | DECEMBER 2023 83 4. Assessment of academic functioning. Achievement, or academic, assessment is completed to assist in understanding your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. Measures often include tasks of reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics. They assess general academic skill and, in many instances, assess concepts such as academic fluency and efficiency. 5. Assessment of attention/executive functioning. In the past 10 years, there has been an increase in examining the impact of attention and executive functioning on a child’s functioning. Executive functioning includes a set of mental abilities that include working memory, flexible thinking, organization, and selfcontrol. To assess attention and executive functioning, your child may complete several measures, and you may be asked to complete several questionnaires. 6. Assessment of social/emotional functioning. In recent years, increased attention has been paid to the impact of emotional functioning on the learning process. While positive emotions have been associated with optimal academic performance, negative emotions can contribute to increased inattention, frustration, and demoralization in the classroom. Therefore, while a traditional psychoeducational evaluation may only examine a child’s cognitive and academic functioning, an assessment of emotional functioning is often crucial in determining factors that are affecting performance. For younger children, social/emotional functioning is often assessed through parent questionnaires and some basic questionnaires. As children get older, they may also complete questionnaires assessing how they feel, and may also be administered measures to see how they cope and view social relationships.