The Learning Disability Association of America’s Specific Learning Disability Evaluation Principles and Standards


  • Sarah van Ingen Lauer University of South Florida
  • David Allsopp University of South Florida
  • Monica McHale-Small Temple University
  • Eric Tridas University of South Florida
  • Elsa Cardenas-Hagan Valley Speech Language and Learning Center
  • Kristina Scott Salem State University
  • Gad Elbeheri Global Education Consultants
  • Codie Kane Temple University



evaluation, policy


This paper presents the new principles and standards for Specific Learning Disability evaluations. The research informed principles and standards are the product of a yearlong, research-based collaboration between professional ambassadors from the fields of school psychology, cognitive psychology, speech and language pathology, special education, literacy, mathematics education, and medicine. These principles and standards are designed to provided professionals with a process that can be used to develop a comprehensive evaluation and written report describing: the nature of the specific learning disability; the area and levels of impairment; academic areas and personal areas of strengths; cultural and linguistic diversity of the student; and specific considerations for practitioners to develop individualized interventions designed to meet the unique academic, linguistic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of the student.

Author Biographies

Sarah van Ingen Lauer, University of South Florida

is an associate professor of Mathematics Education at the University of South Florida.

David Allsopp, University of South Florida

is a professor of Special Education at the University of South Florida.

Monica McHale-Small, Temple University

is the Director of Education for the Learning Disabilities Association of America and an adjunct associate professsor of School Psychology at Temple University.

Eric Tridas, University of South Florida

is a clinical associate professor in Pediatrics at the University of South Florida.

Elsa Cardenas-Hagan, Valley Speech Language and Learning Center

is the director of the Valley Speech Language and Learning Center.

Kristina Scott, Salem State University

is the assistant dean in the McKeown School of Education at Salem State University.

Gad Elbeheri, Global Education Consultants

is the managing director of Global Education Consultants.

Codie Kane, Temple University

is a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Developmentat Temple University.


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