The Foreign Service Journal, December 2023

92 DECEMBER 2023 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT to contact the evaluator if there is any misinformation included in the report. While some parents are concerned with the “labels” that sharing the evaluation may evoke, the information and diagnoses provided in reports are often useful for guiding services and accommodations in the school and with other professionals, such as tutors. This information can also assist in providing the diagnoses necessary to receive school interventions or accommodations. Given the trend toward reliance on technology for the administration and scoring of evaluation measures, it is likely that technology will continue to play a large role in the evaluation process. In addition, as research continues to examine academic specifics, it is likely that evaluation of specific reading and mathematics concepts will be further assessed to better understand a child’s areas of academic strength and weakness. b If a psychoeducational evaluation may be of interest to you, begin acting now, as many evaluators are booked in advance. Begin asking around for evaluators. Friends, teachers, and pediatricians may all be able to share their experiences with certain professionals. Begin calling those professionals with any questions, and to see if you are comfortable with that person, as well as whether or not your child would be comfortable with the evaluator. While the psychoeducational evaluation journey may initially seem overwhelming, the information that you gain can be invaluable. I wish you luck in your journey! n In recent years, increased attention has been paid to the impact of emotional functioning on the learning process.