Evidence-Based Assessment: Best Practices, Customary Practices, and Recommendations for Field-Based Assessment

  • Thomas J. Gross
  • Ryan L. Farmer
  • Sarah E. Ochs


The purpose of the current review is to examine three frequently employed types of assessment: (a) standardized tests, (b) screening, and (c) behavioral assessment. The aims are to advocate for best practices with evidence-based assessments (EBAs) and provide guidance to implement EBAs within applied settings. Information regarding the current best practices, customary field-based practices, and recommendations for improved practices are provided for each assessment type. Further, a framework is provided for using standardized tests, screening, and behavioral assessment within best practices to determine student intervention needs and potential for disability.


Evidence-based assessment Psychoeducational assessment Testing Screening Behavioral assessment 


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  • Thomas J. Gross
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  • Ryan L. Farmer
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  • Sarah E. Ochs
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  1. 1.Western Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWestern Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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