Woodcock-Johnson III: Reports, Recommendations,and Strategies
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A one-of-a-kind resource for evaluators using the Woodcock-Johnson III

The Woodcock-Johnson III is one of the most widely used instruments for assessing both cognitive abilities and achievement in children and adolescents. Woodcock-Johnson III: Reports, Recommendations, and Strategies is the only reference to provide valuable guidelines for preparing useful recommendations and writing effective, descriptive psychological and educational reports based on WJ III scores, tasks analysis, and error patterns.

Featuring the most up-to-date information available on the WJ III, this essential resource offers an overview of the WJ III scores and interpretive information, along with a review of the clusters, and tests. Numerous examples of diagnostic reports that depict a variety of common student learning problems are included, illustrating applications of the WJ III in both educational and clinical settings. Drs. Nancy Mather and Lynne Jaffe also provide a wide variety of educational recommendations, along with summaries of proven methods and techniques for implementing successful examiner recommendations, which can easily be attached to a report.

WJ III examiners will find this volume invaluable in preparing psychoeducational reports about children's abilities, and teachers and educational therapists will find it helpful in converting recommendations into measurable goals and objectives for monitoring students' progress.


NANCY MATHER, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Arizona and the author of several books about the Woodcock-Johnson.

LYNNE E. JAFFE, PhD, is a the Learning Disabilities Specialist on the state-wide Technical Assistance to Schools Assessment Team of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind.


Introduction 1

Section I: WJ III Descriptive And Interpretive Information 3

Section II: Reports 47

Section III: Recommendations 267

Section IV: Strategies 425

Tests Cited Within The Book 510

References 513


Woodcock-Johnson® III: Reports, Recommendations, and Strategies (Nancy Mather & Lynne Jaffe, New York: Wiley, 2002) is an essential resource, not only for evaluators who use the Woodcock-Johnson III and teachers who use the results of Woodcock-Johnson III (WJ III) assessments, but also for anyone involved in educational evaluation or planning individual educational programs.

The first section of the book begins with a collection of extremely well-designed forms, worksheets, and tables that make it much easier to organize and report WJ III evaluation findings so the findings will be understandable and helpful to teachers and parents. It continues with the clearest explanations I have seen of scores and levels of interpretation, including "sample statements for reports scores and score discrepancies." The section ends with valuable information on interpretation of comparisons between tests and patterns of errors, including a tremendously helpful, three-page table of "task analysis and comparison of selected tests."

The 31 sample reports (27 for children of ages 4 through 17 and 4 for adults) in the second section provide a variety of instructive models, including the use of 41 other tests to supplement the WJ III. Many different report formats are offered with a mixture of disabilities (including none).

The 158 pages of specific, practical, clearly explained recommendations, organized by categories, are a treasure chest for any evaluator or teacher. They include suggestions for further evaluation, accommodations and modifications, and teaching methods. This section could stand alone as a special education textbook. Including appropriate recommendations from this section will tremendously enhance the value of an evaluation report.

Finally, there are 85 pages of specific instructional strategies, some self-contained with needed materials printed in the book and others clear summaries with references to published materials. This clear, detailed presentation will provide even the most experienced evaluator or teacher with valuable, new information and will allow the evaluator to show teachers precisely how to carry out recommended instructional strategies with which the teachers may not be familiar.

The myriad resources in Woodcock-Johnson® III: Reports, Recommendations, and Strategies achieve the seemingly contradictory goals of making it easier to write evaluation reports and making the reports much more useful to parents, teachers, and administrators. The breadth, depth, clarity, and overwhelming utility of Woodcock-Johnson® III: Reports, Recommendations, and Strategies make it an essential resource for even the most experienced evaluator or special education teacher as well as an ideal textbook for assessment courses. I enthusiastically recommend it.

John O. Willis, Ed.D.
Senior Lecturer in Assessment,
Rivier College;
Assessment Specialist,
Regional Services and Education Center, Amherst, NH