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VISSIT Instructions

Instructions for completing the VISSIT

Instructions for Completing VISSIT

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  1. Collect and review all relevant and current evaluations completed for the student.
  2. Fill in the name of the student, date of scale completion, and name of the TVI completing the scale at the top of the first page of the scale.
  3. Begin with the ECC Skill Area column. Read each ECC skill area and subsection, if there are any (e.g., COMPENSATORY SKILLS: Literacy Instruction, Organization and Study Skills, etc.).
  4. Work from left to right for each ECC Skill Area to fill in a value (0, 1, 4, 7, or 10) for both columns (Direct Instruction from TVI and Educational Team Support/Collaboration) to indicate level of student need. You must enter one of these five numbers for each ECC area on the scale.
  5. At the bottom of each column on each page, add the values and put the column total for that page in the box labeled Page Total for each column for each page if you are entering scores by hand on a paper copy. If you are entering scores on the electronic pdf version of the VISSIT, the numbers entered will automatically add up at the bottom of each page for you.
  6. Add the values for each column from the Page Total boxes on each page and enter the number in the boxes labeled Column Subtotal at the bottom of the last page of the scale for both Direct Instruction Column Subtotal (box A) and Educational Team Support Column Subtotal (box E) (see sample below). If you are entering scores by hand on a paper copy. If you are entering scores on the electronic pdf version of the VISSIT, the numbers entered will automatically add up at the bottom of each page for you.

Scoring Instructions – Direct Instruction Column

  1. For the Direct Instruction column, determine whether or not transition is a contributing factor to the student’s educational needs to be addressed by the TVI. If the student is making a significant transition, write ‘+10’ in the Contributing Factor: Transition box (box B) under the Direct Instruction Column Subtotal (box A). If transition is not a factor, write ‘0’ in box B (see sample below).
  2. Next, determine whether or not the student’s medical status or condition is a contributing factor to the student’s educational needs to be addressed by the TVI. If the student has medical issues that would increase the student’s need for TVI direct service, write ‘+10’ in Contributing Factor: Medical Status/Condition box (box C). If not, write ‘0’ in box C. If the student has significant medical issues that would decrease the student’s capacity to receive TVI direct service, write ‘-10’ in box C. (see sample above)
  3. Add the three values from box A, box B, and box C. Write the score in the ‘TOTAL’ box (box D) for the Direct Instruction column if you are completing the scale by hand on a paper copy. If you are entering scores on the electronic pdf version of the VISSIT, the numbers entered will automatically add up at the bottom of the page in the ‘TOTAL’ box (box D) for you. (see sample above).
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Scoring Instructions - Direct Instruction Column
Column Subtotals Direct Instruction Column Subtotal Educational Team Column Subtotal
Contributing factor: Transition A SAMPLE E SAMPLE
B SAMPLE F SAMPLE
Contributing Factor: Medical Status/Condition C SAMPLE G SAMPLE
Additional Areas of Family Support Subtotal SAMPLE H SAMPLE
Total D SAMPLE I SAMPLE

Scoring Instructions – Educational Team Support/Collaboration Column

  1. For the Educational Team Support column, determine whether or not transition is a contributing factor to the student’s needs for team support from the TVI. If the student is making a significant transition, write ‘+10’ in the Contributing Factor: Transition factors box (box F) under the Educational Team Support Column Subtotal (box E). If transition is not a factor, write ‘0’ in box F (see sample above).
  2. Next, determine whether or not the student’s medical status or condition is a contributing factor to the student’s needs for team support from the TVI. If the student has significant medical issues that would increase the educational team support/collaboration needed from the TVI, write ‘+10’ in Contributing Factor: Medical Issues box (box G). If not, write ‘0’ in box G. If the student has any medical issues that would decrease the TVI educational team support/collaboration service need, write ‘-10’ in box G (see sample above).
  3. Complete the Additional Areas of Family Support (AAFS) Table that follows the scale total section by adding a value to each of the five listed areas of need for family support. Add the values and get the subtotal for the AAFS Table (box H). Enter the AAFS subtotal in box H at the end of the scale if you are completing the scale by hand on a paper copy. If you are entering scores on the electronic pdf version of the VISSIT, the numbers entered will automatically be entered into Box H for you (see sample above).
  4. Add the four values from box E, box F, box G, and box H. Write the score in the ‘Total’ box (box I) for the Educational Team Support/Collaboration column if you are completing the scale by hand on a paper copy. If you are entering scores on the electronic pdf version of the VISSIT, the numbers entered will automatically add up at the bottom TOTAL box for you (see sample above).
  5. Using the totals found on the VISSIT Scale, refer to the INSTRUCTIONS FOR DETERMING RANGES FROM SCALE TOTALS that follows the scale.

Instructions for Determining Ranges from Scale Totals

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Scoring Instructions - Educational Team Support/Collaboration
Column Subtotals Direct Instruction Column Subtotal Educational Team Support Column Subtotal
Contributing Factor: Transition A (Example 101) E (Example: 30)
Contributing Factor: Medical Status/Condition B (Example +10) F (Example: 0)
Additional Areas of Family Support Subtotal C (Example: -10) G (Example: 0)
TOTAL D (Example 101) H (Example: 10)
I (Example: 40)

After determining the total Direct Instruction need in Total box D, transfer the score in box D to the corresponding value on the range of recommended direct service time for the score on Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes – Direct Service Time in Column 3 if you are entering the information by hand on a paper copy. If you are using the electronic pdf version of the VISSIT, the total score from Box D will automatically go into Column 3 on the Direct Service Time Scoring Sheet. Choose an exact recommended amount of service time that will best suit your student’s needs from the range of suggested service time in Column 2 on the row in which the total score falls and enter that number in minutes per week in Column 4. Write a brief explanation about why you chose this amount of service time below the chart. Include a justification of this recommendation based on the student’s need scores from the VISSIT scale. See example below:

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Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes - Direct Service Time
Direct Service Time TOTAL From direct service column YOUR RECOMMENDED amount of Direct Service time (Minutes Per Week)
Score on rubric Suggested service time
106+ 600 or more minutes / week SAMPLE SAMPLE
97-106 480-600 minutes/week (Example: 101) (Example: 480 Minutes / week)

Example explanation: Student needs to have at least 2 class periods per day of direct instruction because of complete vision loss due to an accident; student needs intense braille, tactile graphics, technology, O&M, ILS, and self-determination instruction.

After determining the total Educational Team Support need in Total box I, transfer the score in box I to the corresponding value on the range of recommended team support/collaboration service time for the score on Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes – Educational Team Support/Collaboration scoring sheet in Column 3 if you are entering the information by hand on a paper copy. If you are using the electronic pdf version of the VISSIT, the total score from Box I will automatically go into Column 3 on the Educational Team Support/Collaboration Time Scoring Sheet. Choose an exact recommended amount of service time that will best suit your student’s needs from the range of suggested service time in Column 2 on the row in which the total score falls and enter that number in minutes per week in Column 4. Write a brief explanation about why you chose this amount of service time below the chart. Include a justification of this recommendation based on the student’s need scores from the VISSIT See sample below.

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Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes - Educational Team Support/Collaboration
Educational Team support/Collaboration Time TOTAL from the educational team support/collaboration column Your recomemended amount of educational support/collaboration service (minutes per week)
Score on Rubric Suggested service time
47-57 30-70 minutes / week SAMPLE SAMPLE
40-46 15-30 minutes / week (Example: 44) (Example: 15 minutes / week)

Example explanation: TVI will consult with student’s team for 1 hour per month (equals 15 minutes / week).

Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes – Direct Service Time

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Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes - Direct Service Time
Direct Service time Total from direct service column Your Recommended amount of direct service time
Example: 45-59 12-180 minutes/week 50 120 minutes/week
106+ 600 or more minutes / week
97-106 480-600 minutes / week
86-96 360-480 minutes/week
75-85 270-360 minutes / week
60-74 180-270 minutes / week
45-59 120-180 minutes / week
38-44 90 - 120 minutes / week
29 - 37 60 - 90 minutes / week
17-28 30-60 minutes / week
10-16 15-30 minutes / week
0-9 0-15 minutes/ week

Based on a 2400-minute/per week system—2400 minutes in a school week (inclues a 7 hour, 15 minute school day, plus 45 minutes for lunch [lunch time can be used for instruction]) 2400 minutes per week = 480 minutes per day available for instruction

Explanation and Justification for Recommended Amount of Service Time

Explain how the minutes per week will be distributed (e.g., 30 minutes, 3 times per week = 90 minutes per week; one hour per month = 15 minutes per week, etc.):

If recommended service time as indicated by the VISSIT does not match the IEP team’s decided amount of service time, please state the factors or reasons why this discrepancy occurred.

Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes – Educational Team Support/Collaboration

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Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes - Educational Team Support/Collaboration
EDUCATIONAL TEAM SUPPORT/COLLABORATION TIME TOTAL (box I) from direct service column YOUR RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF EDUCATIONAL TEAM SUPPORT/COLLABORATON SERVICE TIME (MINUTES PER WEEK)
Score on rubric Range of suggested service time
EXAMPLE: 69 -80 110 - 150 minutes / week 70 120 minutes / week
112+ 600 or more minutes / week
101 - 111 450 - 600 minutes / week
91 - 100 300 - 450 minutes / week
81 - 90 150 - 300 minutes / week
69 - 80 110 - 150 minutes / week
58 - 68 70 - 110 minutes / week
47 - 57 30 - 70 minutes / week
40 - 46 15 - 30 minutes / week
27 - 39 10 - 15 minutes / week
14 - 26 5 - 10 minutes / week
0 - 13 0 - 5 minutes / week

Based on a 2400-minute/per week system—2400 minutes in a school week (inclues a 7 hour, 15 minute school day, plus 45 minutes for lunch [lunch time can be used for instruction]). 2400 minutes per week = 480 minutes per day available for instruction.

Explanation and Justification for Recommended Amount of Service Time

Explain how the minutes per week will be distributed (e.g., 30 minutes, 3 times per week = 90 minutes per week; one hour per month = 15 minutes per week, etc.):

If recommended service time as indicated by the VISSIT does not match the IEP team’s decided amount of service time, please state the factors or reasons why this discrepancy occurred.