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Assessment Tools

As a service to users of the Strong Kids programs, we are making available some assessment tools for use in measuring students' social-emotional outcomes related to the goals of the Strong Kids programs. These assessments are in Adobe PDF format, and are listed by curriculum or age level to which they are connected. You may download and use these tools, free of any cost, for your own educational and clinical, non-commercial purposes. Use the linked text to access the PDF documents that are described.

Strong Kids Assessments (grades 3-8)

Strong Kids Unit Tests. Developed as a student self-report tool for use with both Strong Kids-E and Strong Kids-M (grades 3-8), the Strong Kids Unit Tests include two separate assessments: The Strong Kids Symptoms Test, and the Strong Kids Knowledge Test. The Symptoms Test is a brief, 10-item self-report measure of negative affect and internalizing problems, modeled after critical items from the Internalizing Symptoms Scale for Children. Pilot research with this tool indicates strong correlations (.60 to .80) with established self-report measures of emotional problems, and internal consistency reliability (alphas) ranging from upper .60s to upper .70s in several pilot studies. The Knowledge Test is a 20-item objective test (multiple choice and true/false format) to measure students' knowledge of social-emotional concepts and coping skills that are taught in the curriculum. Pilot research to date has shown that the Knowledge test has an average internal consistency coefficient ranging from about .60 to about .70, and this tool has proven to be sensitive to intervention effects in every study that has been conducted to date. Instructions for administration and scoring are provided with this reproducible set of forms.

Strong Teens Assessments (grades 9-12)

Strong Teens Unit Tests. For use with the Strong Teens curriculum (for students in grades 9-12), the Strong Teens Unit Tests include two separate assessments: The Strong Teens Symptoms Test, and the Strong Teens Knowledge Test. These tools are similar to the Strong Kids Unit Tests, but are tailored for use with teens rather than younger students. The Symptoms Test is a brief, 10-item self-report measure of negative affect. Pilot research with this tool indicates strong correlations (.60 to .80) with established self-report measures of emotional problems, and internal consistency reliability (alphas) ranging from upper .60s to upper .70s in several pilot studies. The Knowledge Test is a 20-item objective test (multiple choice and true/false format) to measure students' knowledge of social-emotional concepts and coping skills that are taught in the curriculum. Pilot research to date has shown that the Knowledge test has an average internal consistency coefficient ranging from about .60 to about .70, and this tool has proven to be sensitive to intervention effects in every study that has been conducted to date. Instructions for administration and scoring are provided with this reproducible set of forms.

The Social-Emotional Resilience and Assets Scales (SEARS)

A new set of cross-informant assessments we are currently developing and researching are the Social Emotional Assets and Resilience Scales (SEARS). These innovative, strength-based assessment tools include self-report versions for children in grades 3-6 (SEARS-C), adolescents in grades 7-12 (SEARS-A), a parent report rating form (SEARS-P), and a teacher report rating form (SEARS-T). The SEARS represents a new direction in infusing positive psychology and resiliency into child and adolescent social-emotional assessment. The SEARS assessments are being designed for the purpose of screening, assessment, intervention planning, intervention monitoring and evaluation, and program evaluation, all from a strength-based perspective.

To learn more about the SEARS assessments CLICK HERE.

 

 
 
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