School psychologists are involved in preventive work with all students, staff, and families that promotes success and early intervention for all students: School Psychologists are responsible for conducting needs assessments to identify potential concerns and deficits. They will utilize curriculum-based measures and other measures of student progress to identify students in need of intervention and provide various means of assessment to specify the area of weakness. The School Psychologist is responsible for designing and developing evidence-based models that best fit the needs of the students based on the data collected. School Psychologists are also trained in progress monitoring the data over intervals of time to determine the effectiveness of the interventions implemented, adjusting interventions as needed.
School Psychologists are involved in special education:
School Psychologists are responsible for selecting, administering, scoring and interpreting psychological evaluations for students that are referred for Special Education. They are also responsible for analyzing evaluation data, student records, and information pertinent to student learning, and formulating conclusions relating to the reason for referral and qualification of suspected disability. The school psychologists are responsible for utilizing the collected data to write family friendly reports utilizing the DCPS psychology format. School Psychologists are responsible for completing assessments related to IEP, 504, SA, HOD, IEE and Data Evaluation Reports.
School Psychologists are core members of the RTI/SST, Analysis of Data, MDT/IEP, 504 and Manifestation meetings: They are expected to provide critical information to each of the meetings and assist in providing necessary data to meet the requirements. Additionally, in order to maintain appropriate certification and clinical standards School Psychologists are required to attend monthly Staff Meetings, Case Conferences, OSI mandated trainings, and Psychology Professional Developments.