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Core Selective Evaluation Process


As the spring approaches, it is time to consider scheduling refresher courses. C-SEP (Core-Selective Evaluation Process) offers remote and in-person training to both schools and districts. We can tailor courses to meet your specific needs. Our repertoire includes introductory course for new C-SEP users as well as advanced course for assessors experienced with the model.

Please contact us via email for more information and/or to schedule training.

Pre-Register for Upcoming Trainings

Current Payment Methods

Unfortunately, it is currently not feasible for us to streamline the payment process using a single payment gateway, as participants have diverse needs and use a multitude of payment methods. With this in mind, we can currently accept payment via 3 methods:
1. A district Purchase Order (Vendor Name: C-SEP Assessment & Training Academy; please forward a copy of the PO to or;
2. Venmo;
3. Apple Pay.

Steps By Step Instructions:

1. Complete the online preregistration form to provide your name and email. (This provides us with your personal data so we can match it to payments and make contact).
2. Log into your Venmo or Apple Pay and manually send payment / or have your school or district generate a PO.
3. When we receive payment, we will mark you as paid. NOTE: We generally do not confirm receipt of payment, but if you want confirmation, please reach out.
4. Approximately 12 to 36 hours prior to the scheduled training, fully registered individuals will receive an email (sent to the email address provided on the pre-registration form). This email will contain details on how to obtain their individual link to the webinar.

C-SEP Cohort Preliminary Registration Form (August, September, October 2022)

Pre-register to join Dr. Stephens for the C-SEP 4 Saturday in a month training $425 per person.

Courses Available to Schools and Districts

Module: 2 Hours each

Manual: The C-SEP Manual is available for purchase directly from for $39.95 or from Tammy Stephens @ a 10% discount and waived shipping.

Instructional Module 1: Introduction to the Core-Selective Evaluation Process (C-SEP). Beginner/Refresher

In response to the improvements in test design and the ongoing quest to identify students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) in the most efficient and accurate manner, it’s time for evaluators to alter their way of conducting evaluations. This session will discuss the history of SLD evaluation and explore an efficient model for planning and assessing for SLD. The Core-Selective Evaluation Process (C-SEP) was conceptualized and recently introduced into the field.

This approach to SLD identification is a third-method pattern of strengths and weakness (PSW) approach rooted in contemporary CHC theory and features the application of professional judgment, integrated data analysis techniques, and the use of statistical support to help guide decisions. The organizational framework of C-SEP is a set of sound educational practices logically interwoven to provide the most comprehensive, statistically sound, and legally defensible assessment of SLD. This presentation will further describe the organizational framework of C-SEP, distinguish C-SEP from other methods, and provide an illustration of this model using a case study.

The participant will learn to:

● Understand and apply the lessons from the last decade regarding SLD identification.
● Understand best practices for conducting a comprehensive SLD evaluation.
● Define the components of Core-Selective Evaluation Process (C-SEP) (Review, Plan, Assess, & Decide).
● Highlight the 4 P's of C-SEP (Policy, Publisher guidance, best Practices, and Professional judgment)
● Describe the use of C-SEP when looking for patterns of strengths and weaknesses (PSW) for SLD identification.
● Understand the importance of considering multiple sources of data when determining patterns of strengths and weaknesses (PSW).
● Understand the importance of conducting individualized, targeted, purpose driven assessments.
● Understand the evaluator's ethical responsibilities and the legal implications of SLD models of identification.

Module 2: Targeted Assessment: Data Collection, Organization, and Establishing a Focused Referral Question

A key component of conducting a targeted assessment using C-SEP involves gathering, organizing, and analyzing multiple sources of data. This module will focus on key recommendations for organizing the data and conducting preliminary analysis of patterns of strengths and weaknesses, ruling out exclusionary factors, and establishing a focused referral question to be used to plan a targeted assessment plan.

Module 3: Language: An Integral Part of C-SEP

Module 4: Considering and Ruling Out Exclusionary Factors

Module 5: Pattern Seeking Techniques for SLD Identification: An Integral Part of C-SEP

Pattern seeking techniques are a key aspect of the C-SEP framework. Evaluators must be able to organize, integrate, and interpret multiple sources of data in order to establish patterns of strengths and weaknesses. This is a refresher session focusing on pattern seeking techniques, using publisher guidance to analyze and interpret standardized tests results through the triangulation of multiple data sources. Finally, a discussion of the role professional judgment plays throughout the process will be discussed.

The participant will learn to:

● Understand the implications that advances in CHC Theory and in test design have on test selection and diagnostic precision.
● Examine publisher guidance on analysis and interpretation of standardized testing results.
● Understand the importance of collecting, analyzing, and integrating multiple sources of data when conducting an evaluation.
● Triangulate and analyze the chain of evidence to establish the presence of a PSW and when determining SLD.
● Understand the role professional judgment plays in determining SLD eligibility.

Module 6: Task Demand Analysis

Module 7: Writing a Legally Defensible Report Using C-SEP

Understanding how to organize and present assessment data obtained through the use of the C-SEP framework is important. This session will focus on writing legally defensible reports using the C-SEP framework. The presenters will highlight the organization of a Full Individual Evaluation (FIE) and review the key components. Sample write-ups will be provided to illustrate the presentation of data. Participants will have the opportunity to practice writing student descriptions beyond the standard score interpretation. The importance of utilizing task analysis and integrating findings will be demonstrated. Adherence to the policy requirements will be addressed.

The participant will learn to:

● Understand the components of the C-SEP framework.
● Examine the importance of writing a legally defensible FIE.
● Understand how to organize and describe data throughout the sections of the FIE.
● Understand the importance of describing student functioning beyond standard scores.
● Understand how to integrate task analysis descriptions into the FIE.
● Understand the importance of integrating policy within the report.

Module 8: Using the C-SEP Framework for Dyslexia Evaluations (full/half day offerings)

This session will define the Core-Selective Evaluation Process (C-SEP) and explain how it can be used when assessing for dyslexia. Participants will explore important considerations when conducting dyslexia assessments and examine the application of the tenets of C-SEP to dyslexia assessment.

Advanced Courses

C-SEP Hands-On Practice (Intermediate) half/full-day offerings

The participant will learn to:

● Understand the steps of the C-SEP framework.
● Demonstrate understanding through the application of C-SEP to specific case studies.
● Demonstrate the ability to triangulate and analyze all data collected on the student.
● Understand the role of professional judgment in the evaluation process.