In addition to school assistance, a series of educational assessments are administered through the Academic Support Program. Results are used in conjunction with vocational-oriented assessments and help determine the strengths, weaknesses, and interest areas of new Gatehouse residents in order to create an Individual Goal Plan.
The following standardized tests may be administered:
- Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT)
- Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI)
- Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement
- Wide Range Achievement Test 4 (WRAT4)
- Street Survival Skills Questionnaire (SSSQ)
- Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF)
These assessments help identify the individual’s strengths and weaknesses pertaining to word identification, reading comprehension, spelling ability, reading ability, mathematical knowledge, problem solving skills, and everyday living skills such as handling money, health and safety and domestics.
Skills for educational success, such as time management, study/note skills, and general organizational strategies, are also honed in the Academic Support Program. Success strategies are emphasized in weekly scheduled study halls and within the individual study plans of each participant. Academic support measurements are personalized to meet the needs of each resident’s Individual Goal Plan, and to ensure that necessary support services are in place.