Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment (Essentials of Psychological Assessment)

Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment (Essentials of Psychological Assessment)

Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment (Essentials of Psychological Assessment)

The most up-to-date resource of comprehensive information for conducting cross-battery assessments

The Cross-Battery assessment approach—also referred to as the XBA approach—is a time-efficient assessment method grounded solidly in contemporary theory and research. The XBA approach systematically integrates data across cognitive, achievement, and neuropsychological batteries, enabling practitioners to expand their traditional assessments to more comprehensively address referral concerns. This approach also includes guidelines for identification of specific learning disabilities and assessment of cognitive strengths and weaknesses in individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, Third Edition is designed to help busy practitioners quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need to make optimal use of psychological assessment instruments. Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you to gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered.

Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, Third Edition is updated to include the latest editions of cognitive ability test batteries , such as the WISC-IV, WAIS-IV, and WJ III COG, and special purpose cognitive tests including the WMS-IV and TOMAL-II. This book now also overs many neuropsychological batteries such as the NEPSY-II and D-KEFS and provides extensive coverage of achievement batteries and special purpose tests, including the WIAT-III, KM-3, WRMT-3 and TOWL-4. In all, this book includes over 100 psychological batteries and 750 subtests, all of which are classified according to CHC (and many according to neuropsychlogical theory. This useful guide includes a timesaving CD-ROM, Essential Tools for Cross-Battery Assessment (XBA) Applications and Interpretation, which allows users to enter data and review results and interpretive statements that may be included in psychological reports.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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  1. S.E. Poza said,

    Wrote on August 19, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    dense, informative, and highly useful, June 1, 2013
    S.E. Poza (Mountain View, CA) –

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    This book is designed for professionals who mainly need to use multiple testing measures in order to discern specific weaknesses that contribute to problems children have in learning. For example, if a child is having difficulty reading, the book helps you design a test to figure out what cognitive issue may be impeding their abilities in that area. It includes information on what areas of major intelligence tests reflect particular issues related to core learning capabilities (math, reading, writing, etc.) to aid in test design as well as information on how to interpret data from such testing. It also includes an overview of the theories that go into intelligence testing and what various components are designed to measure, but this overview is not for novices. The book is incredibly dense and deep and is clearly designed for those well-versed in theories of human cognitive capacity and learning. As another reviewer has noted, it is full of jargon and abbreviations that those unfamiliar with the field will have difficulty understanding and reads like an advanced textbook. This is not a short-coming of the book, but simply a statement of fact. It did not detract from my sense that it is a powerfully useful tool in creating or administering cross-battery assessment tests.

    The particular strengths of this book beyond the cogent explanations of the theories behind the tests as well as rational critical analysis of the weakness of XBA (cross battery assessment) is the pages and pages of tables that provide handy reference for professionals. A great deal of work has been saved for those who wish to locate particular resources in designing an XBA. The book is also structured with boxed out sections reminding one of or emphasizing certain points. If you don’t have time to digest an entire section, skimming a few of these will help you pick up the bullet points pretty quickly. For those who are already versed in the material, this is quite handy.

    Though I regard the overall content as being quite good, I cannot give it five stars for a few reasons. The first is the the included software would not run in OpenOffice because the macros failed to work even when I changed security settings to permit them to do so and even though I was running a current version. This may be a specific issue with my PC because I’m not using Excel, but since OpenOffice is a download the software points you to on the CD, I believe it should run under it. Though the software appears to be well-designed in helping to assess scores, I cannot speak to how it works given my issues with it. The other point, ironically, that made me take away a star was that the book spends a significant part of a chapter talking about the software. In my opinion, this is a waste of space in the book and information that could quickly be rendered irrelevant if the authors release downloadable updates of the files in the future. All information regarding software should be on the CD or on the site devoted to the book, not in the print version of the book itself.

    If you have no experience with testing or theories related to human cognition, this book is going to be far too difficult for you to digest. If you are a professional who needs to learn how to deal with XBA or wants a reference guide, this is an excellent resource worth having in your library.

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  2. C.J. Hustwick said,

    Wrote on August 19, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent book for professionals., June 6, 2013
    C.J. Hustwick (Riverside, CA) –

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    Unlike some of the other reviewers, I found this book to be a very well-written and laid out guide to the very complicated subject of XBA analysis. Yes, it’s quite dense on acronyms and can get a bit dizzying at times, but it’s the nature of the beast when combining multiple techniques and metrics. Cross-battery assessment is by its nature very technical and this book is not dumbed-down; as a professional you should be conversant in this kind of presentation of the material and if not, this will get you up to speed!

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  3. D. Fowler said,

    Wrote on August 19, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This material on the XBA makes it easier to bridge the gap between theory and practical application of test results …, July 5, 2013
    D. Fowler (Dragonfly77@ gmailDOTcom) –

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    One of the main problems I used to find when others assessed my students was how to interpret their findings. Yes, I was familiar with all the tests, but exactly what were they looking for/at? I knew a child’s general capabilities, but the Cross-Battery Assessment (XBA), “a method of assessing cognitive and academic abilities and neuropsychological processes,” is much more specific, looking at a broad base of cognitive abilities. Not only would one who is doing the testing benefit from this expansive book, but also the teacher or counselor who needs to interpret and work with it. Yes, much of the test data is theoretical, but can have practical applications if one knows how to work with the material.

    For example, when looking at an intellectual disability (ID) and a coexisting learning disability (LD), pinpointing deficits would have helped me formulate realistic goals that could be included in the IEP. There are numerous informative sidebars interspersed throughout this book in the form of tables, “Rapid References,” and prompts that help and remind one to incorporate specific assessments into the formula. The ability to interpret test results can be critical. I used to assess students, but also had to spend more time with other teachers discussing what my results meant than it did to do the assessment.

    The XBA approach is based on the Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory, one that is thoroughly covered in the overview. Historically there has been a wide chasm between “intellectual theory,” testing and useful application. Hopefully the XBA will be able to help classroom teachers, psychologists, mental health workers, and others utilize this material. The expansive references listed at the end of each chapter, the appendices, and the CD, are excellent. This is definitely a reference that will help practitioners interpret/utilize/share the XBA cognitive ability results with other professionals who will be working with the results. The material is set up in a very easy to work with, accessible manner.

    Chapter One: Overview

    Chapter Two: How to Organize a Cross-Battery Assessment Using Cognitive, Achievement, and Neuropsychological Batteries

    Chapter Three: How to Interpret Test Data

    Chapter Four: Cross-Battery Assessment for SLD Identification: The Dual Discrepancy/Consistency Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses in the Context of an Operational Definition

    Chapter Five: Cross-Battery Assessment of Individuals From Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

    Chapter Six: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Cross-Battery Assessment Approach

    Chapter Seven: Cross-Battery Assessment Case Report

    Appendix A: CHC Narrow Ability Definitions and Task Examples

    Appendix B: CHC Broad and Narrow Ability Classification Tables for Tests Published Between 2001 and 2012

    Appendix C: Descriptions of Cognitive, Achievement, and Neuropsychological Subtests by CHC Domain

    Appendix D: Critical Values for Statistical Significance and Base Rate for Composites on Comprehensive Cognitive and Achievement Batteries

    Appendix E: Variation in Task Demands and Task Characteristics of Subtests on Cognitive and Neuropsychological Batteries
    Marlene Sotelo-Dynega and Tara Cuskley

    Appendix F: Variation in Task Demands and Task Characteristics of Subtests on Achievement Batteries by IDEA Academic Area 4
    Jennifer T. Mascolo

    Appendix G: Neuropsychological Domain Classifications

    Appendix H: Understanding and Using the XBA PSW-A v1.0 Software Program Tab by Tab

    Appendix : I Cognitive and Neuropsychological Battery-Specific Culture-Language Matrices

    Appendix J: Cross-Battery Assessment Case Reports
    Jim Hanson, John Garruto, and Karen Apgar

    Appendix K: Eugene, Oregon, School District Integrated Model for Specific Learning Disability Identification

    Appendix L: Summary of the Expert Consensus Study for Determining CHC Broad and Narrow Ability Classifications for Subtests New to This Edition

    Appendix M: Criteria Used in XBA DMIA v2.0 for Follow-Up on a Two-Subtest Composite

    Author Index

    Subject Index

    About the Authors

    About the CD

    “The CD-ROM contains the full versions of all Appendices; three software programs that analyze data (Cross-Battery Assessment Data Management and Interpretive Assistant, Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses Analyzer, and Culture-Language Interpretive Matrix); and a form (Evaluation and Consideration of Exclusionary Factors for SLD Identification).”

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