Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Ultimate List of Assessments

Happy Saturday! I caught up on some much-needed rest this morning with our rainy south texas weather! I hope you did too! Today I'd like to share some great assessments for your special education class! {I have tried some of these assessments, others were suggested by amazing teachers in our special ed. online community.} 

The first three assessments might be a little pricey, but could potentially be provided by your campus or district. 
  1. Brigance from curriculum associates Let's get this one out of the way! I was required to complete this assessment in my previous district and I am not a fan. It does have a variety of assessments, but it was very cumbersome and to a first-year teacher, I struggled to administer it. It is very comprehensive and is great about assessing the needs of students up to the developmental age of 8 years.
  2. ABLLS (The assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills) The ABBLS covers areas including language, social interaction, self-help, academic and motor skills acquired by kindergarten. I have not personally tried this assessment, but here are some great blog posts from The Autism Helper,  a post from Adventures in the ATC, and Superheros in SPED to get you started. 
  3. AFLS ( The assessment of functional living skills) I would love to try AFLS.  It specifically targets functional living skills.  Have you tried it? 
  4. DIBELS Math and Literacy assessment. There is a FREE version too! It's great to show progress from BOY, MOY and EOY. 

The second list is more budget friendly if you are looking to purchase out of your own pocket. 
  1. No prep sight word assessment from Natasha at The resource teacher.  My kids love to be assessed with this resource! Seriously. It's electronic as a PDF and we just click through as they read. The love to take charge and click as they read. It's way more fun the flash cards! 
  2. This Easy Math assessment from Especially Education is also a great way to take baseline for your special needs kiddos. I laminated the student page that way I can reuse when needed for years to come.
  3.  I love these Fry sight word rings from The Bender Bunch. They are color coded and on rings.  easy to grab and go depending on your kids' levels. 
  4. Mandy from A Special Kind of Class has a great set of Dolch sight word assessments that I love using with my kids! 
  5. Stephanie has a Literacy assessment binder included in her Kindergarten Spelling Curriculum! She also has this FREE progress monitoring resource! 
  6. Check out these FREE assessments on TpT!! 

This last list includes some great blog reading from other Sped teachers. Instead of reinventing the wheel, just click through some of the links below: 
  1. Traci from the Bender Bunch shares how to simply data with a FREE phonics screener. 
  2. Nicole from The Adventures in the ATC shares some great assessment ideas and tips in these 4 posts! 
  3. Here is an AMAZING idea to help with recording reading, fluency, WPM. Hop on over to The Resource teacher to learn about this FREE app
  4. This is a great post on how to assess Assistive Technology for your students IEP from Melissa at Autism Adventures! 
I hope you can find some assessments that will make your job easier! If you use an assessment that has worked in your class, leave a comment below. I would love to add it to the list! Have a wonderful weekend, unit next time...