Dynamic Assessment

You may have heard the term dynamic assessment, but do you know how to integrate it into your practice? Assessing individuals on your caseload can be complex because they bring unique cultural and linguistic identities that don’t fit one mold. One alternative to standardized testing methods is dynamic assessment. Learn more about the components of dynamic assessment to inform clinical decision making in these four 30-minute micro courses, with speaker Dr. Elizabeth Peña.


Orellana, C. I., Wada, R., & Gillam, R. B. (2019). The use of dynamic assessment for the diagnosis of language disorders in bilingual children: A meta-analysis. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 28(3), 1298–1317. https://doi.org/10.1044/2019_AJSLP-18-0202

Peña, E. D., Gillam, R. B., & Bedore, L. M. (2014). Dynamic assessment of narrative ability in English accurately identifies language impairment in English language learners. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57(6), 2208–2220. https://doi.org/10.1044/2014_JSLHR-L-13-0151

Petersen, D. B., Chanthongthip, H., Ukrainetz, T. A., Spencer, T. D., & Steeve, R. W. (2017). Dynamic Assessment of Narratives: Efficient, Accurate Identification of Language Impairment in Bilingual Students. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(4), 983–998. https://doi.org/10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-15-0426

Petersen, D. B., Tonn, P., Spencer, T. D., & Foster, M. E. (2020). The Classification Accuracy of a Dynamic Assessment of Inferential Word Learning for Bilingual English/Spanish-Speaking School-Age Children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 51(1), 144–164. https://doi.org/10.1044/2019_LSHSS-18-0129

Wolter, J. A., & Pike, K. (2015). Dynamic assessment of morphological awareness and third-grade literacy success. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 46(2), 112–126. https://doi.org/10.1044/2015_LSHSS-14-0037


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