An Introduction to ECAD: The Versatile New WJ Early Childhood Assessment.
Presenter: Joseph Clays
Webinar held 7/29/2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
The ECAD was developed as a valid and reliable measure to assess the strengths and weaknesses of developmentally delayed preschoolers. It meets the state requirements for eligibility under the classification category of Preschool Child with a Disability as part of the Part C transition. The age range is listed as 2.6 to 7.11 with Extended testing to age 8 to 9.11. The main features of the ECAD are indicated to be better item density than the WJIV and unique tests; therefore there is no need for pull-outs from the WJIV. The ECAD encompasses tests for Early Academic Skills and Expressive Language. Abilities assessed include sequential reasoning, fluid reasoning, lexical knowledge, spatial organization, memory span, letter/word identification, counting, problem solving, mathematical concepts, and computations, among others. In my personal experience as a Learning Consultant, results of a Battelle Developmental Inventory are forwarded, in most cases, from Early Intervention, Part C. The BDI assesses five domains of early development including a Cognitive domain, whereas, the ECAD focuses on strengths and weaknesses in early academic achievement. The ECAD can be given at part of an initial evaluation for eligibility consideration and as well as exit testing as preschoolers transition to a Kindergarten program. Compared to tests currently used during transition from preschool in my former school district (YCAT and DTKR) it is my opinion the ECAD would glean more information regarding the strengths and weaknesses of a childâ€™s reading readiness and language skills when compared to chronological age non-disabled peers.