Assessment Tools

On the Assessment Tools page, you will find a list of many assessment tools commonly used by school psychologists. Some of these measures you may already be familiar with and some may be new to you. Additionally, short explanations have been provided for each measure in regard to its most useful function.

Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Second Edition (ABAS 2)- parent, and/or teacher use to provide information regarding students adapted behavior in various environments

Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System for Infants and Children-Second Edition (AEPS) not normed referenced, but good for comparing children to themselves to check for improvements. Ties together assessment, goal development, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation.

Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development-Third Edition (BSITD-III) has lots of manipulatives

Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2)- parent, teacher, student, or general use to determine when and if behavior occurs during observation period- one portion is timed

Brigance Assessment of Basic Skills-Spanish Edition for students at readiness level through 6th grade

Brigance Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills-Revised (CIBS-R) for students at readiness level through 8th grade

Brigance Inventory of Early Development-II (IED-II) for children birth to age 7

Brigance Life Skills Inventory (LFI) for students

Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Second Edition (CARS-2) parent, and/or teacher use this checklist format to determine if student has autistic tendencies

Cognitive Assessment System-used for ages 5-17 years old, based on PASS theory (Planning, Attention, Succession, Simultaneous); good instrument for identifying ADHD

Comprehensive Test of Nonverbal Intelligence, Second Edition (CTONI 2) good nonverbal IQ test with no manipulatives

Conner’s Rating Scale (CRS) a behavior checklist that is provided in either short or long form

Diagnostic Achievement Battery, Third Edition (DAB3) is an excellent instrument for measuring achievement but it is not the best tool for measuring reading fluency

Gilliam Autism Rating Scale, Second Edition (GARS-2) more detailed than the CARS-2

Jesness Inventory personality inventory for ages 8 to adult; designed for individuals with delinquent and conduct-disorders

Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition (KABC II) good overall assessment of intelligence; takes longer to administer than WJ but provides more information

Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Second Edition (KTEA II)-good overall achievement instrument

Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS)-often used by the SLP/SLT, but school psychologists also use to determine listening comprehension and oral expression

Preschool and Kindergarten Behavior Scales-Second Edition (PKBS-II) ages 3-6 evaluates social skills and problem behaviors

Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scale (RIAS)-used primarily for assessing higher functioning gifted children. Example is a student scores in 95th percentile in 3 or more areas on state standardized test and is a high classroom achiever; then this would be the instrument to assess for gifted.

Scale for Assessing Emotional Disturbance (SAED)

Test of Early Reading Ability, Third Edition (TERA3) used for younger children (achievement);

Test of Early Mathematics Ability, Third Edition ( TEMA3) used for younger children (achievement)

Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test (UNIT)- non verbal IQ with many manipulatives

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fourth Edition (WISC IV) used to assess IQ in individuals over the age of 7; good basic assessment tool

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, Third Edition (WPPSI 3)- used to assess young children's IQ -language based used for children 4.0-7.3 yrs. old

Wide Range Intelligence Test (WRIT) used primarily for assessing lower functioning intellectually gifted. For example if a student scored in one category above the 90th percentile on a state standardized test (TCAP), but the grades and classroom achievement were consistently above the 90th percentile; then this would be a good instrument for assessment.

Woodcock Johnson III Normative Update, Tests of Cognitive Abilities is a language based intelligence assessment instrument, not good for students who are language or verbally slow/impaired.

Woodcock Johnson III Normative Update, Tests of Achievement is a broad based achievement assessment instrument

Young Children’s Abilities Test (YCAT)

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