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  • Tuesday, November 5, 2024
  • 8:00 - 3:00 PM
  • $80
  • Location TBA


  • Facilitated by Dr. Ortiz, Professor of Psychology at St. John's University

    This workshop will cover current research on language, cognitive, and academic development, applying it to evaluation within a comprehensive, research-based framework. Participants will learn step-by-step procedures for measuring abilities, guidelines for evaluating test scores' validity, and rules for selecting and using scores in English vs. native language. Topics include first and second language acquisition, understanding testing bias, establishing test score validity, and using tools like the Culture-Language Interpretive Matrix (C-LIM) for evaluation. This training equips practitioners with defensible evaluation practices for English learners at all proficiency levels.

    CEUs: CEUS are available for licensed psychologists. 

    Chester County Intermediate Unit is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer CEUs for psychologists. Chester County Intermediate Unit maintains responsibility for the program(s).


  • Dr. Ortiz, Professor of Psychology at St. John's University, New York, holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California. With expertise in bilingual school psychology, he has served in various roles including Visiting Professor at Nagoya University, Vice President for Professional Affairs of APA Division 16, and member of APA committees.

    Dr. Ortiz is widely published and a frequent presenter at professional conferences, specializing in nondiscriminatory assessment, evaluation of English learners, and Cross-Battery Assessment. He is the author of the Ortiz PVAT and co-author of the X-BASS v2.0 and C-LIM. Dr. Ortiz's books include “Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students” and “Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, 3rd Edition.” He is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural (Puerto Rican).