• Addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in test development

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    Pearson staff consider diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) throughout test planning/research planning, development, and revision process. There are both general and specific considerations for DE&I for any project that is being revised or developed. The general considerations for DE&I in clinical assessment development at Pearson will be summarized below, as well as specific considerations for the planning, initiation, content/item development, data collection, scoring and data analysis, and test manual writing phases. 

    This information is a summary of the complex process undergone by the Pearson staff to ensure that DE&I considerations are embedded within every phase of product planning and development. While this is by no means an exhaustive representation of our efforts, our staff is dedicated to continuing our learning and application of DE&I principles. 

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  • Everything you wanted to know about the BOT-3 but were NOT afraid to ask

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    Q&A with BOT-3 Product Manager, Melinda Cooper

    The BOT™-3 is nearly ready to launch! You’ve asked such thoughtful questions about the new test, so we’ve assembled the most common ones, then grouped them by topic to make it easier for you to find the answers you’re seeking.

    Links to get more information about the BOT-3 , BOT-3 Brief, and budget-stretching bundling options can be found at the end of this Q&A. Please reach out to your assessment consultant if you have questions we have not covered here.

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  • The 2024 Research Call is open for submissions!

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    We are proud to announce the new Call for Research published by Pearson Clinical Assessment. Our goal is to ensure that Pearson assessments comply with the highest standards of quality and support research that investigates the validity or efficacy of our products. We are inviting United States-based faculty members, graduate students, and qualified researchers to submit their proposals no later than August 16, 2024.

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  • What are Fundamental Movement Skills and why do they matter for OTs and PTs?

    by Melinda Cooper, OT, MBA Product Manager

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    If you're an occupational or physical therapist, you probably spend a lot of your day thinking, talking, and reading about motor skills. But have you ever come across the term “Fundamental Movement Skills”? Until recently, I hadn't, but it turns out there is a whole body of literature devoted to studying and discussing this construct that is, well, fundamental to children's ability to engage in play, recreation and activities of daily life. Sounds pretty relevant to what we do, right?

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  • How SEL Can Help Autistic Students Tackle Common Classroom Challenges

    by Shelley Hughes, OTR and Director, Portfolio Management and Delivery - Healthcare & Therapeutics, and Deb Grill, School Psychologist and Assessment Consultant for Pearson

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    The education community has largely embraced the need for inclusive and supportive learning environments to help all children reach their potential. As diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) initiatives expand, we’ve seen schools broaden their definition of diversity to consider different races, cultures, gender identities, religions, abilities and much more.

    Another cohort that is increasingly being recognized under this DEIB umbrella is neurodiverse kids, whose brains function differently from those of neurotypical kids. Among this group are kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which includes about 1 in 36 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Autistic kids often need extra support in understanding and navigating social interactions.

    That’s where SEL can help. One of the most promising developments for today’s students is the implementation of social-emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom. A vast amount of research shows that an SEL-based curriculum brings positive outcomes for all students. SEL can be especially helpful when working with autistic students to strengthen their interpersonal skills and build independence.

    April brings National Autism Acceptance Month, making now an opportune time to think about how educators can use SEL to help all students — including autistic children — cultivate crucial life skills

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  • Taking an innovative approach to challenging COA translations

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    Over the last ten years, the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Third Edition (Bayley-3), a leading developmental assessment for children ages 1–42 months, has been referenced as an endpoint in 145 clinical trials (Citeline, 2024). Of those, 6.21% have included sites in the Finno-Ugric countries of Estonia, Finland, and Hungary.

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  • The ripples and whirlpools of the brain

    by Torkel Klingberg, MD, PhD, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience & Cogmed Founder

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    It's early morning, the sun is barely rising, and your only desire is a cup of coffee to kickstart your day. As you head toward the kitchen, a fresh plan brewing in your mind, your phone buzzes and it’s an email from work! Could it be important? You decide to check. Turns out, it's only spam, so you quickly delete it and continue to the kitchen. But then you pause, your mind suddenly drawing a blank.

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