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Self-Determination Assessments

The Arc’s Self-Determination Scale

Michael Wehmeyer & Kathy Kelchner

Designed for adolescents with cognitive disabilities. It is a student self-report format which may be administered to a group of students at one time, given the students’ reading abilities are sufficient or there are enough support staff on hand to assist with reading and completion for non-readers. The primary purposes of the scale are to assist students and educators with identifying student strengths and limits in the area of self-determination and to evaluate the relationships between self-determination and factors that promote this outcome. The scale is divided into four sections: autonomy, self-regulation, psychological empowerment and self-realization. The comprehensive assessment results in a student profile that provides data for decision-making regarding areas in which the student may benefit from instructional strategies or curriculum enhancement to build his or her self-determination skills. Reliability and validity testing were conducted on this assessment. The Arc of the United States
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 650
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-5342

ChoiceMaker Self-Determination Assessment

James E. Martin & Laura Huber Marshall

A curriculum-based assessment and planning tool designed for middle and secondary students functioning primarily at independent and supported levels. The assessment questions are correlated to the ChoiceMaker Self-Determination Curriculum objectives. The assessment is divided into three parts including assessment, profile and matrix. The assessment rates the student’s skills and proficiency in performing self-determination skills and the opportunities provided at school for practice. The profile is a monitoring tool for displaying student progress and opportunities. The matrix assists teachers and other Transition IEP team members with identifying the skills in which the student needs instruction. A multi-state reliability study was conducted on the assessment. Sopris West
1140 Boston Avenue
Longmont, Colorado 80501

Self-Determination Knowledge Scale

Alan Hoffman, Sharon Field, and Shlomo Sawilowsky

Based on the Steps to Self-Determination Curriculum (Field, Hoffman, 1996) and includes five major components: Know Yourself, Value Yourself, Plan, Act, and Experience Outcomes & Learn. The model is designed for students with and without disabilities. The scale includes Form A and Form B that are designed as pretests and posttests for the curriculum. The scale measures the student’s self-determination knowledge in relation to the lessons taught in the curriculum. The required reading level is approximately 5th grade. The Self-Determination Knowledge Scale has undergone both reliability and validity testing with expertise provided by multiple state and national review panels. Pro-Ed, 8700 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, Texas 78757-6897

The Self-Determination Profile: An Assessment Package

Emilee Curtis

A component of the New Hats curriculum designed to assist youth and adults with disabilities with preference-based planning. This assessment package uses illustrated cards to assist the individual with determining preferences and interests across five areas (community presence, community participation, choice, competence, and respect). Summary sheets are provided for students and directions are provided for facilitators.

New Hats, Inc.
HC 64 Box 2509
Castle Valley, UT 84532
(435) 259-9400
Fax: (435) 259-2209


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