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XBA Competency-Based Certification Program Overview


The Cross-Battery Assessment (XBA) Competency-Based Certification Program is webinar-based and offers 21 hours of APA and NASP continuing education credits. The program is designed for assessment specialists who want to gain proficiency in using cross-battery assessment. This webinar-based program is taught by the leading experts in XBA, including Drs. Dawn P. Flanagan, Samuel O. Ortiz, and Vincent C. Alfonso.

The XBA approach allows professional assessment specialists to measure reliably a wider and more selective, in-depth range of cognitive abilities and processes and academic achievement than any single battery can measure. XBA was introduced in the late 1990s and is based on Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) Theory. The book called Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment - Third Edition provides the most current and concise overview of XBA. In 2015, the authors of this book introduced the Cross-Battery Assessment Software System (X-BASS). The X-BASS integrates the Cross-Battery Assessment Data Management and Interpretive Assistant, Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses Analyzer, and Culture-Language Interpretive Matrix into a single program, covering the latest revisions of major batteries, including the new WISC®-V, WJ IV®, KTEA(tm)-3, CELF®-5, CTOPP-2, CAS2, and over 125 psychological batteries and 1,000 subtests, all classified according to CHC theory. In March, 2017, Version 2.0 of the X-BASS software was released. Participants in this program should have the latest version of the software.

This continuing education program is designed to provide assessment specialists with the theoretical knowledge of cross-battery assessment and learn how to competently use all of the features of the X-BASS software system. Upon completion of the program, participates will:
  • understand the theory and research underlying cross-battery assessment.
  • be able to make research-based decisions to guide test selection and organization.
  • be able to use theory and research to guide interpretation of test performance.
  • will be able to use all three Cross-Battery software programs (X-BASS) efficiently and accurately.
  • understand how to use the major cognitive and achievement instruments in Cross-Battery Assessment, including the WJ IV, WISC-V, and KTEA-3 to name a few.
  • understand how to use special purpose tests in Cross-Battery Assessment, such as the CTOPP-2.
  • learn how to use the Cross-Battery Assessment Approach to investigate an individual's pattern of strengths and weaknesses, particularly within the context of referrals for specific learning disability.
  • learn one method of examining the validity of test scores for individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • be able to apply a systematic method of linking Cross-Battery Assessment results to meaningful, evidence-based educational strategies and interventions.
  • be able to analyze cognitive and academic data and make decisions regarding interpretation with the aid of cross-battery software.
  • demonstrate competency in Cross-Battery Assessment through online quizzes, exercises, and case consultation.

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