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Select from the tools below to improve outcomes and demonstrate accountability

CHILD & FAMILY SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT TOOLS

  Tool Type Purpose Age range Areas examined Completed by
ACIRI logo observational tool that measures the quality of adult-child interactions during joint book reading to help parents promote emergent reading skills and enable family literacy programs to demonstrate effectiveness early childhood 12 reading behaviors in 3 key areas early childhood professionals and programs that support family literacy
AEPS logo: Real Progress for Every Child criterion-referenced assessment and intervention planning system to identify children with developmental delays and target effective interventions birth–6 6 major developmental areas early childhood professionals with input from parents or caregivers
ASQ-3 logo developmental screener (also available in Spanish) to identify children at risk for developmental delays 1 month–5½ years 5 major developmental areas parents or caregivers complete and professionals score
ASQ:SE logo social-emotional screener (also available in Spanish) to identify children at risk for social-emotional difficulties 3 months–5½ years 7 key areas of social-emotional development parents or caregivers complete and professionals score
The Capute Scales norm-referenced screening and assessment tool to distinguish isolated language delays or communication disorders from more global cognitive issues 1–36 months 2 streams of cognitive development clinicians with caregiver input
The Carolina Curriculum criterion-referenced assessment and intervention program to improve outcomes for children with mild to severe disabilities birth–5 5 developmental domains interventionists who work with children with a wide range of disabilities, from mild to severe
CDI logo developmental screener (also available in Spanish) to tap into parents’ knowledge about their child’s development for screening children with language delays 8–18 months language and communication skills completed by parents or caregivers and scored by professionals
CSBS logo a norm-referenced, standardized assessment tool to assess communicative behavior and symbolic development in young children at risk for communication delays for children with a functional communication age of 6–24 months or children who exhibit atypical development up to 72 months 22 communication and symbolic rating scales grouped into 7 clusters completed by caregivers and professionals trained to assess young children, and scored by professionals
CSBS DP logo a norm-referenced screening and evaluation tool to help determine communicative delays that can often be the first sign of a developmental delay or disability for children with a functional communication age of 6–24 months or chronological age of 6 months–6 years 7 language predictors completed by caregivers and professionals trained to assess young children, and scored by professionals
ITFI logo a clinically and culturally sensitive tool to compile a snapshot of a family’s strengths and vulnerabilities families with children 6–24 months 7 health, environment, and developmental areas family service providers, including paraprofessionals, with varying levels of training
LSP logo a broad-based parent/child outcome tool to track progress of high-risk, low-income parents and their children families with children birth–3 years parent scales that look at 5 key areas and infant scales that look at 8 key areas an experienced professional familiar with the family
NSS logo a number sense screening tool to identify children at risk for math difficulties Grades K–1 6 areas that are key to numerical competency a teacher, learning specialist, or school psychologist
a checklist of 29 observable developmentally supportive parenting behaviors to assess and reinforce positive parenting behaviors that predict good child outcomes parents of children ages 10–47 months four domains of developmental parenting family support professionals who work with parents to support their children’s development
PTBI logo a criterion-referenced, standardized test to assess the skills children recovering from brain injury need to return to school 6–16 years 11 cognitive areas speech-language pathologists or other clinicians
The SCERTS Model logo a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to assessing and planning interventions to enhance the communication and social-emotional abilities of children with autism spectrum disorders preschool and elementary-school age the key priority learning areas of social communication, emotional regulation, and transactional support professionals and caregivers
seam-logo an assessment tool for measuring children’s social-emotional development and parenting competence to assist in the early identification of social-emotional difficulties and to prevent problems by building positive partnerships with families 2–66 months the SEAM™ Tool or the SEAM™ Tool with Ages and the SEAM™ Family Profile early interventionists, early childhood teachers, Head Start & Early Head Start staff, home visitors, parent educators, and mental health professionals
SSBS-2 & HCSBS two K–12 rating scales to catch “red-flag” behaviors before social-emotional difficulties become roadblocks to success Grades K–12 social competence and antisocial behavior teachers or other school personnel complete the SSBS-2; a parent or other caregiver completes the HCSBS
TABS logo a screening and assessment tool to measure temperament and atypical behavior that may be indicative of developmental delays or future behavior issues 11–71 months atypical self-regulatory behavior completed by parents and professionals, scored by professionals
TPBA2 & TPBI2 logo
a play-based, parent-friendly, and child-directed assessment and intervention system for young children
to develop customized play-based intervention plans, identify children’s service needs, and evaluate child progress birth to 6 4 key developmental domains: sensorimotor, emotional and social, communication and language, and cognition early childhood professionals, with parents closely involved
TPOT logo an observation tool that measures the implementation of classroom practices
related to promoting young children’s social-emotional competence
to measure how well teachers are implementing the 3-tiered Pyramid Model early childhood classrooms that serve children 2–5 years of age observation of teacher-directed activities, child-directed activities, and
transitions between activities; teacher interview
a trained administrator
TPRI logo a research-based reading assessment and intervention system to assess student progress in critical reading domains and implement effective interventions K–3 students receiving primary reading instruction in English key literacy concepts classroom teachers and reading specialists
Tejas LEE logo a research-based linked reading assessment and intervention system to assess student progress in critical reading domains and implement effective interventions K–3 students receiving primary reading instruction in Spanish key literacy concepts classroom teachers and reading specialists

CLASSROOM OBSERVATION & PROGRAM REVIEW TOOLS

Tool Type Purpose Setting Areas examined Completed by
CHELLO logo observation tool to improve the quality of the language and literacy environment home-based childcare settings key instructional and affective supports known to promote children’s learning experienced early childhood professionals
Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™) observation tool to accurately assess and improve classroom factors directly tied to student learning toddler, pre-K, and K–3 programs and classrooms key elements of high-quality teacher–child interactions and student learning educational professionals trained in the use of CLASS
ELLCO logo observation tool to build better literacy programs by assessing the quality of the classroom environment and teachers’ practices early childhood (pre-K) and early elementary (K–3) settings 5 critical areas of language and literacy development educational professionals trained in the use of ELLCO
PreSET logo a standardized program assessment tool to assess and plan improvements for program-wide positive behavior interventions and supports early childhood settings 8 universal features of effective PBIS an unbiased outside observer, such as a behavior consultant, inclusion coordinator, or school psychologist
SAPR PBIS logo a self-assessment process for school leadership teams to evaluate implementation of schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports schools 10 key PBIS practices professionals (administrators, school psychologists, behavior specialists, classroom teachers)