Parents 'Get Smart About Tests' With New Book From Rocklin Publications

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'GET SMART ABOUT TESTS' by psychologist Joseph D. Rocchio, Ph.D. is an easy-to-understand guide to children's educational and psychological testing that will get parents and teachers thinking like experts.

'GET SMART ABOUT TESTS' by psychologist Joseph D. Rocchio, Ph.D. is an easy-to-understand guide to children's educational and psychological testing that will get parents and teachers thinking like experts.

Tests can affect children’s lives in important ways, yet parents and teachers are surprisingly quiet when it comes to asking questions about tests. They aren’t asking questions because they don’t know what to ask…until now.

Standardized tests, such as IQ and achievement tests, are used more today than at any other time in our history. Educational tests are used to decide whether a student will be held back a year in school, diagnosed with a learning disability, admitted to advanced classes or to a gifted program, or even allowed to graduate from high school. And psychologically oriented tests will help to determine if a child is experiencing depression, anxiety, impulsivity, autism, social problems, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or any number of other conditions.

Described as “compulsively readable,” “long-overdue,” “insightful” and “eye-opening," "GET SMART ABOUT TESTS" informs parents and teachers about educational and psychological testing in a clear and honest manner. It explains how to understand the most common types of test scores, whether IQ is really important, whether intelligence can be boosted, why important decisions should never be based on a single test, why we place so much faith in scores, how personality tests are used, what can done to help children improve their educational test results, and much more.

"GET SMART ABOUT TESTS" will also help parents and teachers cut through confusing and intimidating technical jargon, allowing them to ask relevant and probing questions about tests, scores, and the testing process. Ultimately, they will be able to make better educational decisions.

As an added feature, an appendix with descriptions of more than 100 commonly used tests is also included.

The author, Joseph D. Rocchio, is a licensed psychologist and test expert with a Ph.D. in Educational/School Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. He currently serves as a consultant to schools and teaches graduate courses in psychology.

"GET SMART ABOUT TESTS" is available from amazon.com.

For more information about educational and psychological testing or to read excerpts from "GET SMART ABOUT TESTS," please visit Rocklin Publications at http://rocklinpub.com.

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