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Differential Diagnosis

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Let’s suppose you have a toothache and visit the dentist. The dentist will diligently follow a differential diagnosis process to address the toothache.

        First, the dentist asks questions to understand the patient’s health history, because the health history or medical condition like sinuses can affect the tooth.  Second, they begin to ask questions about the symptoms: What makes the tooth sensitive? Which tooth do you think it is? Third, they may take an x-ray. An x-ray clearly is not a 100 percent diagnosing tool (just like a standardized test). It’s only helpful for a diagnosis. The x-ray might provide direction on what may be going on or maybe not. Fourth, they take a clinical look in the mouth. Are there cracks? How much decay is in the mouth? Then, they may then tap on the tooth, spray air, cold water, or hot water on the tooth. With these steps, and using this body of evidence, the dentist may diagnose up to 95 percent of the root cause to address the toothache.  

STAAR, in Texas, since 2017-2018

Using you can verify for yourself that the STAAR we use in Texas for the last three years (2017-2020) is different. STAAR now is more like an x-ray that dentists use. We should use STAAR as one data point (like x-rays) for differential diagnosis of a toothache to personalize learning for every child.

What if your child is not in a STAAR tested grade? No worries. Do you know through some other assessment - your child's Lexile measure and your child's Quantile measure? With the click of a few buttons using you can personalize learning for your child. Contact us and we will show you how you can make learning compelling and relevant for your child.

You can learn more about Lexile and Quantile Measures here.

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