Diagnosis and assessment of students with disabilities as identified by the federal definition (IDEA) using a variety of developmentally appropriate assessments, including those used in Response to Intervention (RTI). Candidates will analyze the measures used and data collected to make informed decisions about student progress, the identification of appropriate interventions and the formal placement process of students for special education services. Specific consideration is given to the reporting of assessment information to parents, teachers, and other support personnel to determine appropriate placement levels within the continuum of services. A 20-hour field experience provides students with an opportunity to observe and reflect on diagnosis and assessment in the classroom.