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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 currently available for remote assessment. This guidance is updated as of April 2021.

April updates are highlighted  in yellow. 

Assessors are advised to read the guidance in full  on assessment via remote online platform.

From 1st March 2021, diagnostic assessments, carried out in person (face-to-face), by remote video platform (remote assessment) or a combination of both methods, and which follow the recommended SASC report formats to reach diagnostic conclusions regarding the evidence for a specific learning difficulty will be accepted as evidence for application for the Disabled Students' Allowance.

Assessors using modified procedures for test administration via remote online platform or face to face assessment following COVID secure procedures, should detail any and all modified procedures in their report, and make professional judgements about the reliability and validity of obtained assessment information. Assessment practices that most closely follow how the test was standardised are preferred. 

Given that assessments carried out in person (face-to-face), by remote video platform (remote assessment) or a combination of both methods are acceptable, a revised statement should now be used as part of the signed declaration.


The assessor and author of this report: 

§  Is a qualified specialist teacher and / or psychologist holding an approved qualification and either a current Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Assessment Practising Certificate or is Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered.

§  Certifies that this assessment has been conducted and the report written in accordance with the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) current guidelines for diagnostic assessment and report writing.

Has personally (i) administered in a confidential face-to-face and/or remote (delete as appropriate) setting, (ii) scored and (iii) interpreted all the tests used in this assessment.

Evaluations of Need (EoNs), produced up to and including 30th June 2021 will continue to be acceptable evidence in support of an application for the Disabled Students' Allowance. 

The Department for Education is releasing a Student Support Information Note [SSIN] on SpLD Assessment confirming the extension of the acceptance of Evaluations of Need and acceptance of remote diagnostic assessments following SASC guidelines. See the SLC practitioners website.

Download the full SASC guidance using this link

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