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SASC has produced new guidance on remote diagnostic assessments and evaluations of need.
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Frequently asked questions received on remote assessment posted April 2021.
View news itemWJIV Cognitive Abilities tests approved
Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities approved for Pre and Post-16 assessments.
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Evaluations of Need period of Acceptance Extended to 31 March 2021
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As there is a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions some face-to-face assessments will become possible. ...

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Remote Assessment Guidance March 2021-Apr update
SASC has produced new guidance on remote diagnostic assessments and evaluations of need.
calendar19/04/2021
 SASC has published new guidance regarding basic standards in remote assessment (see below), containing updated advice for providing diagnostic assessment by remote online platform and EoNs during the transition period. It includes a list of assessment tools ...
FAQs relating to remote assessment guidance
Frequently asked questions received on remote assessment posted April 2021.
calendar17/04/2021
SASC has issued responses to some frequently asked questions we have received relating to remote assessment.

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WJIV Cognitive Abilities tests approved
Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities approved for Pre and Post-16 assessments.
calendar19/02/2021
The Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities has been approved for inclusion on both the Pre-16 and Post-16 Tests Lists. It could potentially be used to give evaluations of vocabulary knowledge, a range of ...
Evaluations of Need Extension Date
Evaluations of Need period of Acceptance Extended to 31 March 2021
calendar20/11/2020
The Department for Education has confirmed that they are extending acceptance of remote evaluations of need as evidence supporting applications for DSA until 31 March 2021. This means that SLC will accept evaluations of need which have ...
SASC issues update re face-to-face assessments
As there is a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions some face-to-face assessments will become possible. This will impact different groups at different times
calendar12/08/2020
As there is a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions some face-to-face assessments will become possible. This will impact different groups at different times so there is still a need for the SASC guidance on remote evaluation of need ...
STEC is seeking new members DEADLINE EXTENDED
STEC is a standard-setting group concerned with the diagnostic assessment of specific learning difficulties in higher educational settings.
calendar09/07/2020
STEC is a sub-committee of the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC). Its purpose is to provide guidance on assessment materials to SASC. Its responsibilities are: ·         To review and evaluate assessment materials on a regular basis. ·         To revise and update the test ...
Evaluations of Need by Remote Video Platform
SASC has been asked to clarify what an evaluation of need carried out in line with SASC guidance should contain to constitute eligibility for application for DSA. This update gives additional informat
calendar15/06/2020
In the light of the DfE SSIN 04/20 issued in May 2020, SASC has been asked to clarify what an evaluation of need carried out in line with SASC guidance should contain to constitute eligibility for application for ...
Update from SLC following SASC Guidance
SLC accepts remote assessments of need for DSA SpLD evidence for limited period
calendar21/05/2020
The Student Loans Company through its Student Support Information Note [SSIN  4/20] confirms: While under normal circumstances we would require a full diagnostic assessment of an SpLD to be submitted as ...
Physical Distancing and SpLD Assessment
SASC issues updated guidance outlining essential issues and considerations for alternative consultations by remote online video-platform
calendar04/05/2020
Given current limitations around in-person assessment resulting from the COVID-19 situation, SASC recognises there are individuals who may require evidence of need to access immediate support. There are important considerations as to what can be provided. Key Points: ·       Assessments ...
COVID-19 crisis and Diagnostic Assessment
SASC issues guidance on Diagnostic Assessment during the Coronovirus, COVID-19 crisis.
calendar23/04/2020
We are working very hard behind the scenes with a range of experts as well as publishers to establish what is possible if professional standards are to be upheld and if reliable and safe assessments can be made.  We ...
DCD-Dyspraxia Updated Guidance Issued
This updated guidance on DCD-Dyspraxia will be helpful to all practitioners.
calendar31/03/2020
From 2013 Professor Amanda Kirby and her colleagues have been working to develop guidelines, screening materials and diagnostic guidance for the identification of DCD in children andadults. In 2018 Professors Kirby, Barnett and Hill produced ...
Trainees Writing Diagnostic Assessment Reports
This policy clarifies the circumstances in which trainees on accredited courses can gain experience within their training environment in writing diagnostic assessments for those with possible specific
calendar31/01/2020
To support the development of trainees working toward qualification in writing diagnostic assessment reports for specific learning difficulties and following substantial review and consultation SASC has issued this updated policy. The implementation date for this policy is 31 ...
4 Renewals -New Report Format training requirement
4th or subsequent APC renewals will need to have completed SASC authorised training in the New Report Format and provide evidence of this to their issuing body to maintain the validity of their APC.
calendar11/12/2019
SASC has notified all APC issuing bodies that by July 2020, those who are renewing their APC for the 4th or subsequent time will need to have completed SASC authorised training in the New Report Format and provide evidence ...
New structure for APC report reviews introduced
SASC introduces simplified structure for review of APC reports. From January 2020 this new structure with its accompanying marking guide will be used for the review of reports submitted for review.
calendar02/12/2019
A Guide for consistency across issuing bodies for evaluation of reports for Assessment Practising Certificate renewal applications From January 2020 this new structure with its accompanying marking guide will be used for the review of submitted reports. The APC renewal process offers ...
Dyscalculia guidance released
The guidance outlines key principles, definition, suggests what should be included in an assessment; describes who can assess for difficulties with mathematics and what training they should have.
calendar02/12/2019
The aim of this new SASC guidance on dyscalculia, SpLDs and maths learning difficulties is to provide assessors with updated, evidence based, operationally effective definitions and procedures which will enable them to differentiate between three ...
Updated guidance on EAL assessment
Guidance on the assessment of individuals for whom English is an additional language (EAL) and / or where there is a complex linguistic history.
calendar02/12/2019
The aim of this guidance is to highlight important issues in this area and to provide pointers to good practice, rather than be a comprehensive manual of how to assess individuals with EAL or complex ...
Woodcock-Johnson IV test battery approved
STEC has approved Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement UK & Ireland Edition (2014)(WJIVAch) for inclusion on the list of approved tests.
calendar28/11/2019
STEC has approved Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement UK & Ireland Edition (2014)(WJIVAch)  for inclusion on the list of approved tests. Additional guidance will follow in January 2020. WJIVAch is a battery of 11 attainment subtests, open to Teacher Assessors, ...
SASC 2019 Annual Conference Papers Available
New guidance, report formats and presentations from the 2019 Conference are now available to download.
calendar16/06/2019
The 2019 SASC Annual Conference held on Thursday, 13th June covered presentations on the following. New report formats may be used by assessors from 1st July 2019.The theme for this year's conference was Developing Practice and ...
CPD requirements for all NEW APCs -updated 15-4-19
SASC has issued guidance to encourage the development of assessment and reporting skills.
calendar15/04/2019
SASC has issued guidance to encourage the development of assessment and reporting skills. The requirement for additional SASC authorised CPD is aimed at better supporting those holding an APC for the first time. Mentoring is strongly recommended. ...
UPDATE: Guidance for 4th Renewals of APCs
SASC updated guidelines for renewal requirements for those renewing their APCs for the 4th time are detailed here.
calendar06/04/2019
Assessors who are renewing their Assessment Practising Certificates for the 4th time will have reduced requirements for their renewal.These assessors have demonstrated their commitment to and evidenced their professional practice by three successful renewals of ...
UPDATE: Diagnostic Assessments for DSA evidence
The Department for Education has confirmed that SpLD diagnostic assessments used for DSAs purposes are to have been carried out by APC holders and HCPC-registered psychologists
calendar29/03/2019
The Department for Education has confirmed that SpLD diagnostic assessments used for DSAs purposes are to have been carried out by APC holders and HCPC-registered psychologists. This will be the case regardless of the age of the ...
WIAT III UK T included on approved test list
STEC has approved WIAT III UK T for inclusion on the list of approved tests. Additional guidance will follow later this year.
calendar07/02/2019
STEC has approved WIAT III UK T for inclusion on the list of approved tests. Additional guidance will follow later this year. WIAT III UK T is an abridged version of WIAT III UK and is ...
TAPS-4 Test
Review and guidance on use of TAPS-4 Test now issued.
calendar20/01/2019
TAPS-4 TestTAPS4 has been revised from previous versions and rebranded as a test of language processing skills (as opposed to auditory processing skills). It contains tests of listening comprehension, auditory memory and phonological processing skills. STEC has issued ...
DSAs evidence requirements for students with SpLDs
SASC guidelines required to be met, just as currently, for any report being used as evidence for DSA of a SpLD, regardless of the age of the candidate at the time of the assessment.
calendar11/12/2018
We are writing in the interests of clarity while awaiting the official government policy note. The brief announcement, from the Department for Education, stated: from February 2019, students with an SpLD (such as dyslexia) will be able ...
SASC Listing Fee Increase
Fee increase will take effect for all APCs issued from 1st April 2019.
calendar03/11/2018
To meet our responsibilities to show all current holders of APCs, SASC maintains an online list for which you pay a small annual fee. This fee also includes your Associate Membership of SASC. The fee, unchanged since 2007, ...
Revised WIAT-III UK Guidance issued
STEC has issued Guidance on use of WIAT-III UK and a separate document comparing the WIAT-II UK with the new WIAT-III UK.
calendar30/09/2018
The WIAT-IIIUK is a new version of the WIAT-IIUK (2005) containing significant revisions, including new subtests, adapted subtests, updated artwork, as well as modifications to administration and scoring procedures. The publisher has provided additional information about the ...
Response to questions on Visual Guidance
Following issue of 'SpLDs and Visual Difficulties a Guide for Assessors and SpLD practitioners' SASC has compiled a response to questions received.
calendar01/08/2018
A number of concerns and questions have arisen following the publication of this new guidance. Although the authors tried to anticipate some of these questions in Appendix 3 of the guidance (FAQs in screening, referral and making recommendations) the ...
2018 Conference Presentations and new Guidance
Presentations and Guidance from the 2018 Conference can be downloaded from the website.Topics: New guidance on DCD- Dyspraxia and on Visual Difficulties
calendar14/06/2018
The topics for this year's conference were: Dyspraxia-DCD - Professor Amanda KirbyIntroducing the development and use of a new DCD Diagnostic Interview for use with post-16s and supporting referral letters. The new DIDA 2018 and Professor ...
Guidance issued on WRAT 5
The WRAT5 is a re-standardisation of the WRAT4.
calendar23/03/2018
The WRAT5 is a re-standardisation of the WRAT4. The guidance downloadable from this website may assist assessors if they are considering purchasing and using this test. Assessors will need to take some time to familiarise ...
Guidance on use of digital scoring platforms
Pros and cons on the use of digital scoring platforms supplied with certain assessment materials.
calendar23/03/2018
Assessment test publishers and distributors can offer assessors the opportunity to digitally score test results via platforms they provide. There are advantages and disadvantages to using such platforms to score test results and assessors may find it helpful to weigh ...
FAM-Feifer Assessment of Mathematics
The Feifer Assessment of Mathematics has been approved by STEC.
calendar04/02/2018

FAM [Feifer Assessment of Mathematics] 

The Feifer Assessment of Mathematics has been approved by STEC. Additional information on the test battery can be accessed from our downloads page. (Jan 2018) 

Guidance to be implemented from 1st January 2018
Guidance to be implemented from 1st January 2018: Conducting Assessments Guidance and Report ProForma updates
calendar28/11/2017
The Declarations The following will now be required on all reports produced after 1st January 2018. An updated Diagnostic Assessment Report ProForma is downloadable from this SASC website.  This should be used for all reports produced for the Disabled Students' ...
Conducting Tests Used In Diagnostic Assessments
SASC has issued guidance for practitioners conducting tests used in diagnostic assessments.
calendar28/11/2017
SASC has issued guidance for practitioners conducting tests used in diagnostic assessments. These relate to the following:·        A third party conducting tests ·        Assessors Collaborating in Conducting Assessments ·        Trainees carrying out assessments. ·        Revised Declarations to be Applied to ReportsSee Downloads: Conducting Tests ...
Trainees writing reports - specific conditions
Those writing reports in training should only be as part of their professional training and be fully supervised. This should not become common practice. Revised guidance issued.
calendar28/11/2017
Trainees Writing reports for the DSA Under no circumstances must students or graduates submit reports for the DSA that were written prior to achieving the SpLD Assessment Practicing Certificate (APC) or HCPC registration.Reports must never be submitted with ‘APC pending' or ...
WIAT III UK available
The WIAT III UK is now available and as an updated version of the WIAT II is acceptable for assessments for DSA. Further guidance on the test will be available shortly from STEC.
calendar27/11/2017
The WIAT III UK is now available and as an updated version of the WIAT II is acceptable for assessments for DSA. Further guidance on the test will be available shortly from STEC.It is best practice to use the ...
Joint signing of diagnostic reports
If more than one assessor is involved in conducting assessments and producing the diagnostic report, each must be appropriately qualified and each must sign the final report.
calendar07/07/2017
If more than one assessor is involved in conducting assessments and producing the diagnostic report, each must be appropriately qualified and each must sign the final report. Assessors must not sign-off reports based on assessments conducted by another ...
ART-2 is now approved by STEC
The Adult Reading Test, 2nd edition, has been approved by STEC. See further guidance below.
calendar15/03/2017
Reading tasks The authors recommend that practice items are always used to ensure consistency and understanding of instructions. The authors believe that this is best practice. The authors recommend that oral reading passages should be continued unless 15 ...
UPDATE: Reports submitted for APC renewal
Assessment reports submitted in support of APC renewal must have been written in the 18 months prior to the submission.
calendar09/03/2017
It is important to assure practice is up-to-date and taking account of developing guidance. SASC has noted that diagnostic assessment reports submitted in support of APC renewal must have been written within the 18 months ...
SASC Assessor Statement
All practitioners who are signing on their reports that they are abiding by the SASC guidelines should assure they do so.
calendar08/03/2017
All practitioners who are signing on their reports that they are abiding by the SASC guidelines should assure they do so. Here is the statement: STATEMENT:The author of this reportholds a current Practising Certificate / is ...
KTEA-3 Additional Guidance Issued
Additional Guidance on the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Third Edition (KTEA-3) has been released. Access it on the SpLD Assessment Tools and downloads pages
calendar12/06/2016
STEC has issued additional guidance on the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Third Edition (KTEA-3) . Access it on the SpLD Assessment Tools and downloads pages. Released June 2016
Report Proforma and Review Criteria Update Issued
SASC publishes updated guidance on the Report Proforma and Review Criteria for Assessor Reports
calendar19/10/2015
In order to bring practice up to date, following a review and recommendations from the bodies awarding Assessment Practising Certificates, SASC has updated the guidance on our report proforma, the proforma and the criteria for ...
Useful Guidance on Assessment of Adults
These guidelines were developed in order to promote good practice in the psychological assessment of those individuals whose behaviour in the workplace reflects inconsistencies between what is expecte
calendar05/01/2015
Psychological Assessment of Adults with Specific Performance Difficulties at WorkThese guidelines were developed in order to promote good practice in the psychological assessment of those individuals whose behaviour in the workplace reflects inconsistencies between what is expected of ...
SASC Survey
The survey has identified SASC has achieved many aspects of its stated aims and identified opportunities for development.
calendar04/09/2014
Executive summary from SASC 2014 survey The survey has identified SASC has achieved many aspects of its stated aims.  It is successful in implementing the training recommendations of the DfES working party (2005) in advancing standards in SpLD assessment. ...
Call to Students: Apply Early for DSA
If you are dyslexic or have other specific learning difficulties you may be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances [DSA] to help you with extra study related costs. "Don't wait until you have a
calendar24/05/2014
It takes, on average, over 10 weeks from applying for DSAs to receiving support. Applying for DSAs early means students can get their support in place before the start of term. Make sure you have a diagnostic assessment ...
ADHD Guidance Issued
SASC issues guidance for assessment of ADHD.
calendar18/09/2013
Following the ADHD Consensus meeting in May and continuing consultation over the summer with a range of interested parties SASC has issued guidance relating to the assessment of ADHD as supporting for for Disabled Students’ Allowancesapplications . This ...
Woodcock-Reading Mastery Tests: 3rd Edition
Woodcock-Reading Mastery Tests: 3rd Edition (WRMT-III). Pearson. 5-75+ years STEC approve the revised edition of this test battery with a cautionary note.
calendar18/10/2012
Woodcock-Reading Mastery Tests: 3rd Edition (WRMT-III).  Pearson. 5-75+ years STEC approve the revised edition of this test battery with the following cautionary note:   In the absence of the publishers/importers providing (a) a re-standardisation to accommodate UK culture ...
Psychologists' changing registrations - HCPC Role
Psychologists supplying diagnostic assessments for DSA should now hold a Health Care Professions Council registration.
calendar11/07/2012
Psychologists’ changing registrations - HPC Role   The Health Professions Council [HCPC] has, since July 2009, taken on the role of regulation of professional practice of Practitioner Psychologists. Commitment to CPD and oversight of Fitness to ...
Updated Guidance on ATS+CCET Route to APC
ATS + CCET Route to APC Revised
calendar14/06/2012
We would advise candidates trying to plan their specialist assessor training that there are modifications to the ATS+CCET route to an APC underway which require additional training to include synthesizing theory and practice in ...
Updated Dyspraxia Guidance issued
Updated guidance has now been released on diagnosing dyspraxia. See SpLD Assessment page.
calendar14/03/2012
Updated guidance has now been released on diagnosing dyspraxia. See SpLD Assessment page for the accepted definition and guidance on educational assessment of adults in this area.
SASC issues Guidance on Reporting Standards
SASC issues Guidance on Reporting Standards to be used by all issuing bodies in reviewing reports for Assessment Practising Certificates.
calendar02/02/2011
Assessing Assessors   – A Guide for consistency across issuing bodies who evaluate Assessment Practising Certificates renewal applications   The APC renewal process offers an opportunity both for individual professional development through feedback on assessment reports and for ...
Updated Guidance on use of BAS and WISC
STEC has issued updated guidance on use of British Ability Scales and WISC for assessments carried out for students over 16 years of age.
calendar21/09/2010
Assessment Update:   For assessments carried out when a student is over 16 years of age in support of Disabled Students’ Allowances it is acceptable to use the following tests up to the ceiling of the test:   British ...
SASC CPD Authorisation Scheme Conference Held
A new SASC Authorisation Scheme for CPD training providers was outlined at a conference at University College London on 14th July 2010.
calendar14/06/2010
SASC Stakeholder Conference   CPD providers can now become SASC authorised and have their CPD provision listed on the new SASC website. In recent years the demand for diagnostic assessments of specific learning difficulties has grown considerably. ...
New authorisation scheme for training providers.
Training providers can now apply online to become authorised by SASC to design and deliver courses to meet the CPD requirements of SpLD assessment practitioners.
calendar21/04/2010
In March 2010 SASC launched its new website enabling CPD training providers to apply on-line to become SASC authorised and have their CPD provision listed on the new SASC website. In recent years the demand for ...
Change to assessors CPD requirements
From 2012 there is a new requirement that a minimum of 5 hours of assessors CPD must be delivered by SASC Authorised Providers.
calendar21/04/2010
New SASC authorisation scheme for the continuing professional development of specialist teachers and other professionals engaged in the diagnostic assessment of Specific Learning Difficulties. In recent years the demand for diagnostic assessments of specific learning difficulties has grown ...