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Assessment practice: introduction - Portugal

SEN pupil’s diagnostic/initial assessment is the basis for the whole plan of their leaning process. It is a very important and a most valuable step into the devising of the IEP (Individual Educational Plan) which should include the objectives to be achieved, the methodology to be used, and the indicatives for the curricular adjustments and the defined criteria for the pupil’s assessment. 

This assessment is developed by SNE teachers in co-operation with other professionals (health, social security, etc), whenever possible, and also with the family. Data provided by the family as well as other existing reports (medical, psychological, therapeutic) are gathered and analysed. Pupil’s competences and functioning in the school context are checked by means of a set of varied tools and, consequently, a pedagogical report is produced. This should actually be a contextualised descriptive rather than a categorical process involving each item relating to the child’s development. This way a child’s profile is designed where all the elements that ease the child’s participation in the educational context as well as the hindering ones are identified. 

The IEP should be devised by the class teachers, the specialist teacher and a psychologist in collaboration with the family. This document should be systematically checked by all the partners and, as a flexible tool, may be rewritten any time during the school year.

Examples of Assessment Practice concerning Diagnostic Assessment and the IEP

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