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Assessment Kit: Kit of Informal Tools for Academic Students with Visual Impairments

Compiled by Debra Sewell, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
© TSBVI 1997

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Total Kit - Order # 59433AKP (3 parts - 188 oz.) 

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  • Part 1: Assessment Tools for Teacher Use Order # 59433AK1 (38 oz.)
  • Part 2: Large Print Reading Assessments for Student Use (use with Basic Reading Inventory, 10th Ed.) Order # 59433AK2 (37 oz.)
  • Part 3: Braille Reading Assessments for Student Use (use with Basic Reading Inventory, 10th Ed.); available in hard copy or on PC or MAC disk in Megadots or Duxbury format) Order # 59433AK3 (braille) (74 oz.) OR Duxbury or Megadots file Order # 59433AKD

Every itinerant VI teacher knows how difficult it is to get organized! It seems that this is especially true where assessment of academic students with visual impairments is concerned. The VI teacher needs to have quick and easy access to materials in print, braille, and large print. Often the student needs parts of several different tests, and every student has to be assessed in the compensatory skill areas, such as daily living, career awareness, and rec/leisure. All of this means that VI teachers find themselves spending hours of valuable time locating, adapting, duplicating, and packaging a wide variety of assessment materials for their academic students.

TSBVI Outreach Teacher, Debra Sewell, has compiled the Assessment KIT to help solve some of the most time-consuming problems associated with assessment of academic students with visual impairment. Parts 1, 2, and 3 feature tabbed sections in 3-ring binders to simplify using the necessary forms as needed. Forms contained in Part 1 are reproduced with permission from the original publisher to be copied as needed.

The Assessment KIT Part 1 provides you with informal checklists, suggestions for formal assessment materials that you may want to buy, assessments of compensatory skills, and evaluations of the student's environment:

  • Abacus skills
  • Braille skills
  • Calculator skills
  • Career readiness
  • Classroom behavior and environment
  • Communication skills
  • Concept development
  • Daily living and self-help skills
  • Family
  • Keyboarding skills
  • Listening skills
  • Math skills
  • Nemeth
  • Organization and study skills
  • Pre-braille skills
  • Reading skills
  • Science and social studies skills
  • Script writing
  • Slate and stylus use
  • Social skills
  • Technology use

The Assessment KIT Parts 2 and 3 provide you with informal reading inventories in large print and braille taken from Basic Reading Inventory (10th Ed.) by Jerry L. Johns.


Contents of Assessment KIT:Kit of Informal Tools for Academic Students with Visual Impairments

Compiled by Debra Sewell

  • Abacus and Fingermath Assessment
  • Abacus Checklist for the Counting Method
  • Administrator Questionnaire
  • Assessing Typing Skills of Visually Impaired Students
  • Assessment of Keyboarding Skills
  • Assessment of Script Writing for Low Vision
  • Assessment of Script Writing for the Blind
  • Assessment of Slate & Stylus
  • Basic Math Assessment
  • Braille 'N Speak Checklist
  • Braille 'N Speak/Braille Lite Checklist
  • Braille Assessment
  • Braille Checklist
  • Braille Readiness
  • Braille Reading Readiness Skills
  • Calculator Assessment
  • Career Portfolio: Student Profile
  • Career Portfolio: Student Self-Evaluation
  • Career Portfolio: Work Behavior Evaluation
  • Checklist for Differential Diagnosis
  • Checklist for Informal Evaluation of Pre-Vocational Skills
  • Classroom Variables Analysis Form
  • Cognitive Concepts Checklist
  • Community Evaluation
  • Community Profile
  • Concepts Checklist for Visually Impaired Children
  • Daily Living Skills Checklist
  • Early Identification of Language-Based Reading Disabilities
  • Educational Environment of the Receiving School and Classroom Evaluation
  • Elementary Nemeth Code Checklist
  • Experiential Concept Development Checklist for Visually Impaired Students
  • Family Needs Scale
  • Family Profile
  • Family Resource Scale
  • Informal Assessment of Developmental Skills Part IV, Language: Verbal and Written Language Skills
  • Informal Assessment of Developmental Skills - Social Emotional
  • Informal Assessment of Listening Skills
  • Informal Student Data
  • Measurement Assessment
  • Median Rates of Reading for Different Grades as Determined by Several Standardizing Reading Tests
  • Money Assessment
  • Observation of Relevant Classroom Behavior
  • Observation Guidelines
  • Observation Guidelines for Students
  • Operating a Braillewriter Assessment
  • Organization and Study Skills Checklist - Elementary Level
  • Organization and Study Skills Checklist - Secondary Level
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Print Sizes
  • Reading Rates for Students Without Visual Impairments
  • Receiving Classroom Teacher Questionnaire
  • Reference Chart of Mathematical Symbols
  • Report and Recommendations for Assistive Technology
  • School Profile
  • School Questionnaire for Support Services
  • Science and Social Studies Survival Skills
  • Slate and Stylus Assessment
  • Social Skills Assessment Tool for Children with Visual Impairments (SSAT-VI)
  • Student Profile
  • Table of Approximate Equivalent Visual Acuity Notations
  • Tactual Skills Checklist: Exploration & Manipulation & Discrimination
  • Teacher Interview: Classroom Observation Checklist for Visually Impaired and Blind Students
  • Time Assessment
  • Vocational Skills Checklist

Assessment KIT - Parts 2 & 3: Large Print and Braille Assessments for Student Use - Note: For Use with Performance Booklets from Basic Reading Inventory: Pre-Primer through Grade Twelve & Early Literacy Assessments (10th Ed.) by Jerry L. Johns, ©Kendall/Hunt (available from APH)