•  Why Turn to Us?
•  Why should a school district choose CST over other assessment agencies?
•  Are your learning evaluation services different from those performed within a    school district or offered by other agencies?
 I am concerned my child may have a learning impairment. Should I contact my
   school district or come right to CST?

 The school district has completed their assessment and the results are inconclusive. Can CST help me?
 If CST determines that a student has a learning impairment, are they able to direct the school district to provide    special education assistance?
 Is the evaluation process expensive?
 You offer several areas of assessment. Can the student be tested in only one of these?
 Will a school district reimburse parents for the cost of the evaluation if a learning disability is determined?

 What does the evaluation entail?
 What is my role as the parent?

 Will I be present during the evaluation?

 Will I be able to follow up with CST after completion of the evaluation?
 How long does the evaluation process take?
 Are your findings confidential?
 If a parent contacts CST, should they inform the school district?
 What is the fee structure?



Why Turn to Us?

Proper assessment of learning abilities and impairments is fundamental to the education process and a child's future. It is at the core of an educator's professional drive and an important factor in determining an appropriate program.

Comprehensive School Testing is a state-approved educational assessment agency that offers school districts and parents the professional credentials and capabilities that ensure a proper evaluation of a child's learning aptitudes.
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Why should a school district choose CST over other assessment agencies?

CST is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. We are periodically reviewed and recertified as remaining compliant with state education guidelines and requirements. Our principals and professionals are fully certified and/or licensed in their field of practice. Regrettably, there are some agencies offering services similar to ours that are not state-approved.
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Are your learning evaluation services different from those performed within a school district or offered by other agencies?

CST uses the same standardized test measures and procedures that are used by school districts throughout the state of New Jersey. The difference between CST and other independent evaluation agencies is the experience we bring to the process. We are educators ourselves.
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I am concerned my child may have a learning impairment. Should I contact my school district or come right to CST?

You should contact your school district first. If your school district does not proceed with an assessment, you may either contact CST independently or seek legal due process with the New Jersey Department of Education. However, while a school district is not obligated to complete an evaluation, we believe you will find that educators generally have a child's best interests at heart.
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The school district has completed their assessment and the results are inconclusive. Can CST help me?

The school district or parent can contract with us for an independent evaluation, but CST does not take legal sides in a dispute between the parties involved. We perform an assessment and provide a clean, unbiased report.
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If CST determines that a student has a learning impairment, are they able to direct the school district to provide special education assistance?

A school district (or parent) is not obligated to agree with our findings. CST provides the parent and district with an unbiased report. Determination for eligibility for special education services is the responsibility of the IEP Team, which includes parents as equal partners.
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Is the evaluation process expensive?

Our rates are very reasonable, less than many other firms. We are a small agency and cater to the needs of our clients.
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You offer several areas of assessment. Can the student be tested in only one of these?

Yes. Many school districts and parents choose to have only one evaluation performed, review the results, then return to consultation to determine the next step. Other times the parties decide to proceed with further evaluations.
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Will a school district reimburse parents for the cost of the evaluation if a learning disability is determined?

Not necessarily. The issue of reimbursement is between you and your school district.
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What does the evaluation entail?

The evaluation and assessment process comprises an informal observation and student interview, a parent interview, a review of school records as available, and standardized testing.
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What is my role as the parent?

You will work with us throughout the evaluation process. You will provide us with background information about your child's personal history, school status, report cards and work samples. We may ask you for clarification of certain issues.
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Will I be present during the evaluation?

Parents are discouraged from remaining in the evaluation session because tests are standardized in a very specific way the comparative population is tested one-on-one, so it is preferred that your child be, as well. If a child is very young or extremely fragile emotionally, we may ask a parent to be present during the evaluation process.
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Will I be able to follow up with CST after completion of the evaluation?

Yes. We will remain available to your school district to answer additional questions and clear up any confusion.
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How long does the evaluation process take?

We usually require two hours for a learning disability or speech/language evaluation, 90 minutes for a psychological analysis. If a child becomes tired, we may perform the assessment over two days. Younger children may require more than one test session to secure a complete assessment.
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Are your findings confidential?

The findings of CST evaluations are confidential.

If a parent independently contracts with CST to perform the evaluation, records are released to the parent only. Parents then may provide written consent to CST to share the report with the school district.

If a school district contracts with CST to complete an evaluation, we forward our results to the district, as previously consented by parents.
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If a parent contacts CST, should they inform the school district?

It is your choice whether or not to inform your school district that you have contracted with CST to evaluate your child. CST remains neutral. However, there is an advantage to informing your school district of our involvement because you may be notifying them to expect an evaluation report.
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What is the fee structure?

School districts contracting with CST are billed directly through a voucher. Districts also are offered a contract if they wish to hire CST through our School District Incentive Program, a cost-effective method of providing supplementary school evaluations.

Parents independently contracting with CST are required to make one-third payment prior to their first appointment, one-third payment at the time of the first appointment, and one-third payment at the time of the post-evaluation conference.
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