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Assessment & Instructional Resources

This collection of assessments and instructional resources is intended as a guide for teachers and administrators of students with significant disabilities. To find the right resource for your student, use the filter options in the Filter Assessment and Instructional Resources section.



  • Instruction

    Accessible Literacy Learning

    Evidence-based basic reading skills program for non-verbal students. The ALL Reading Program is designed to teach basic reading skills to non-verbal students and is accessible through touch, eyegaze, and scanning.

    Age Range: 5-22

    View Resource - Accessible Literacy Learning
  • Instruction

    Adaptive Living Skills Curriculum

    This curriculum focuses on the functional skills that are necessary for students with moderate to severe disabilities to live the most active, independent and productive lives possible.

    Age Range: 0-40+

    View Resource - Adaptive Living Skills Curriculum
  • Assessment, Instruction

    Assessment, Evaluation, Programming System (AEPS)

    Criterion-referenced/curriculum-based assessment that can be used by all team members (families, community caregivers, teachers, home visitors, Itinerant teachers, related service personnel, assistants, school psychologists etc.)

    Age Range: 0-6

    View Resource - Assessment, Evaluation, Programming System (AEPS)
  • Assessment

    Brigance Inventory of Early Development III

    There are two versions of the BRIGANCE Inventory of Early Development (IED). The criterion-referenced IED III contains more than 100 assessments and covers a broad range of readiness skills to help educators identify each child’s specific strengths and needs.

    Age Range: 0-7

    View Resource - Brigance Inventory of Early Development III
  • Assessment

    Brigance Transition Skills Inventory

    Consists of more than 100 assessments to support formal transition planning for middle- and high-school students as they prepare for life after high school

    Age Range: 12-21

    View Resource - Brigance Transition Skills Inventory
  • Assessment

    Callier-Azusa (G)

    Designed specifically for students with deaf-blindness by an interdisciplinary team who had many years of experience with this population. It is also appropriate for assessing most students with severe handicaps and is especially valuable for students with visual and/or hearing impairments.

    Age Range: 0-10

    View Resource - Callier-Azusa (G)
  • Assessment, Instruction

    Carolina Curriculum

    An assessment and intervention program designed for use with young children from birth to five years who have mild to severe disabilities.

    Age Range: 0-5

    View Resource - Carolina Curriculum
  • Assessment

    Communication Matrix

    An assessment tool designed to pinpoint exactly how an individual is communicating and to provide a framework for determining logical communication goals.

    Age Range: 0-18

    View Resource - Communication Matrix
  • Instruction

    Early Literacy Skill Builders

    Reading skill curriculum targeting all National Reading Panel components; natural progression from Pathways to Literacy.

    Age Range: 5-8

    View Resource - Early Literacy Skill Builders
  • Assessment

    Enderle-Severson Transition Rating Scales ESTR-III

    A transition rating scale that provides assessment leading to narrative descriptions of strengths, areas of participation with assistance, and areas of nonparticipation in five transition areas: Employment, Recreation and Leisure, Home Living, Community Participation, and Post Secondary Education. Developed for learners with MORE disability.

    Age Range: 16-22

    View Resource - Enderle-Severson Transition Rating Scales ESTR-III
  • Assessment

    Every Move Counts (EMC)

    A sensory based approach to communication and assistive technology for individuals with significant sensory motor differences, developmental differences and autism.

    Age Range: All

    View Resource - Every Move Counts (EMC)
  • Instruction

    First Author Writing Curriculum

    A comprehensive writing curriculum that guides educators to teach beginning writing skills to students with special needs including autism.

    Age Range: 5-22

    View Resource - First Author Writing Curriculum
  • Assessment

    Functional Assessment and Curriculum for Teaching Everyday Routines

    The primary purpose of FACTER is to assess and instruct students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. FACTER addresses the student’s ability to perform typical everyday "routines" and helps to identify instructional needs.

    Age Range: 10-18

    View Resource - Functional Assessment and Curriculum for Teaching Everyday Routines
  • Assessment

    Functional Communication Profile - Revised

    The FCP-R yields an overall inventory of the individual's communication abilities, mode of communication (e.g., verbal, sign, nonverbal, augmentative), and degree of independence. The FCP-R is appropriate for individuals who range between mild and profound deficits.

    Age Range: 3-21

    View Resource - Functional Communication Profile - Revised
  • Assessment

    Functional Educational Evaluation

    This comprehensive manual provides information for determining a student's knowledge, understanding, and functional skills in pre-academic, academic, and/or vocational areas. It outlines methods for obtaining more information than is possible through traditional evaluations. The manual includes a CD containing implementation forms.

    Age Range: All

    View Resource - Functional Educational Evaluation
  • Assessment, Instruction

    Functional Independence Skills Handbook

    FISH is targeted toward people with developmental disabilities, but this program would also be beneficial for children in the early grade levels or anyone with cognitive deficits, school age through adult. It is a criterion-referenced series of 421 tasks.

    Age Range: 5-21

    View Resource - Functional Independence Skills Handbook
  • Assessment

    Functional Skills Assessment (used with the FEILA Curriculum (Active Learning))

    Consists of a book (The FIELA Curriculum: 730 Learning Environments), a catalog of activities and a velcro board which is used to organize the child's week. FIELA Curriculum offers a variety of level appropriate activities for children with multiple special needs. Works best in Internet Explorer.

    Age Range: 0-18

    View Resource - Functional Skills Assessment (used with the FEILA Curriculum (Active Learning))
  • Assessment

    Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP)

    HELP 0-3 is widely recognized as a comprehensive, on-going, family centered curriculum based assessment process for infants and toddlers and their families. HELP 3-6 (2nd Edition) is a comprehensive, on-going, curriculum-based assessment for use with young children and their families. HELP 3-6 complements and extends the skills of HELP 0-3.

    Age Range: 0-6

    View Resource - Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP)
  • Assessment

    Home Talk

    An assessment tool designed for use by parents and care providers of children who are deafblind and who have other disabilities. Its purpose is to help you participate more actively in the planning of your child's educational program. HomeTalk is designed to provide a broad picture of your child's skills, special interests, and personality.

    Age Range: 3+

    View Resource - Home Talk
  • Assessment

    INSITE Developmental Checklist

    This checklist assesses the areas of gross motor, fine motor, self-help, cognition, social, emotional, communication, vision, auditory, and tactile development. The checklist has illustrated examples based on normal development with adaptations for children who are MSI.

    Age Range: 0-6

    View Resource - INSITE Developmental Checklist
  • Assessment

    Inventory for Client & Agency Planning (ICAP)

    Assesses adaptive and maladaptive behavior and gathers additional information to determine the type and amount of special assistance that people with disabilities may need.

    Age Range: 3-30

    View Resource - Inventory for Client & Agency Planning (ICAP)
  • Assessment

    Literacy Starters Teacher Guide

    This Intervention Planning Tool provides an overview of indicators of growth in reading. Use the tool to determine beginning reader’s profile, locate reading interventions and track progress across the school year.

    Age Range: 10-22

    View Resource - Literacy Starters Teacher Guide
  • Assessment

    MacArthur-Bates Communication Development Inventories: Words & Gestures

    The first part of the CDI: Words & Gestures prompts parents to document the child’s understanding of hundreds of early vocabulary items separated into semantic categories such as animal names, household items, and action words. The second part of each form asks parents to record the communicative and symbolic gestures the child has tried or completed.

    Age Range: 8-18 months

    View Resource - MacArthur-Bates Communication Development Inventories: Words & Gestures
  • Assessment

    Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI)

    Assesses key functional capabilities and performance in children ages 6 months to 7 years. PEDI is also useful for older children whose functional abilities are lower than those of seven-year-olds without disabilities.

    Age Range: 0.5-7

    View Resource - Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI)
  • Assessment

    Person Centered Planning or MAPS

    Use of a person-centered planning process with young adults with disabilities as they go through transition can unite formal and informal systems of support. By combining resources and working intentionally toward a common goal, families and professionals can achieve more positive outcomes for youth with disabilities, while at the same time putting long-term community supports in place.

    Age Range: 3-22

    View Resource - Person Centered Planning or MAPS
  • Assessment

    Personal Preferences Indicators: A Guide to Planning

    The Personal Preference Indicators are not checklists, but are a guide to accessing information about the person’s preference. The items listed are intended to be used as cues or prompts to remind you about important subjects to bring up in your informal talks with the person. These informal conversations can give you a base line of preferences from which to begin planning.

    Age Range: 16-22

    View Resource - Personal Preferences Indicators: A Guide to Planning
  • Assessment

    Picture Interest Career Survey

    PICS is a quick way for people to identify occupational interests by using pictures of people at work rather than text-based items.

    Age Range: 16-22

    View Resource - Picture Interest Career Survey
  • Assessment

    Reading-Free Vocational Interest Inventory – Third Edition

    A nonverbal measure of vocational interests of users from Grade 5 through adult. It uses illustrations of individuals engaged in different occupations to measure the vocational likes and dislikes of students and adults who have intellectual disabilities or learning disabilities, are struggling readers, or anyone who prefers a pictorial display. No reading or writing is required.

    Age Range: 13-22

    View Resource - Reading-Free Vocational Interest Inventory – Third Edition
  • Instruction


    Designed to bring first-hand experiential learning into the classroom, so students can bridge the gap between learning through reading, and learning through experiencing.

    Age Range: 10-22

    View Resource - Readtopia
  • Assessment

    School Function Assessment (SFA)

    SFA measures student performance of functional tasks that affect the academic and social aspects of an elementary school program. SFA facilitates collaborative program planning for students with various disabling condition in the age range of Kindergarten through grade 6.

    Age Range: 5-12

    View Resource - School Function Assessment (SFA)
  • Instruction

    Start to Finish Online Library

    Brings many of the most important books of all time to older students reading at elementary school levels. A wide selection of engaging books aligned to state standards. Reading is supported with professional narration, word- and sentence-highlighting, and built-in physical accessibility features.

    Age Range: 10-22

    View Resource - Start to Finish Online Library
  • Assessment

    Supports Intensity Scale

    SIS measures the individual’s support needs in personal, work-related, and social activities in order to identify and describe the types and intensity of the supports an individual requires. SIS was designed to be part of person-centered planning processes that help all individuals identify their unique preferences, skills, and life goals.

    Age Range: 16-22

    View Resource - Supports Intensity Scale
  • Assessment

    Syracuse Community -Referenced Curriculum

    Serving learners from kindergarten through age 21, this field-tested curriculum examines the role of community living domains, functional academics, and embedded skills, and includes practical implementation strategies and indispensable information for preparing students whose learning needs go beyond the scope of traditional academic programs.

    Age Range: 5-21

    View Resource - Syracuse Community -Referenced Curriculum
  • Assessment

    Transition Planning Inventory – Second Edition

    Provides school personnel with a systematic way to address critical transition planning areas that are mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 and to account for individual students preferences, interests, strengths, and needs. There is a modified TPI form for students with significant disabilities.

    Age Range: 14-21

    View Resource - Transition Planning Inventory – Second Edition
  • Instruction

    Unique Learning Systems

    The award-winning Unique Learning System is a one‑of‑a‑kind program designed specifically to give students with complex learning needs meaningful access to the general education curriculum.

    Age Range: 5-18

    View Resource - Unique Learning Systems
  • Assessment


    uPAR gives you data that shows the way each student learns best—and the specific level of text that can be understood by each student when listening (with a reading accommodation) compared to independent reading.

    View Resource - uPAR