ERIC Number: ED365063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Student Descriptor Scale Manual.
Goetz, Lori; And Others
The Student Descriptor Scale (SDS) was developed as a validation measure to determine whether students described and counted by states as "severely handicapped" were, indeed, students with severe disabilities. The SDS addresses nine characteristics: intellectual disability, health impairment, need for toileting assistance, upper torso motor impairment, lower torso motor impairment, communication disorder, environmental responsivity, sensory impairment, and behavior disorder. Use of the scale involves a 10-minute observation of the student while engaged in an instructional activity and a brief interview with the teacher. Results of reliability and validity testing indicate that students reported in state child count data as "severely disabled" did indeed fit that description. The four characteristics judged most strongly and consistently discriminative were found to be: (1) independence in toileting, (2) ambulation impairment, and (3) impairment in communication linked with (4) estimates of intellectual function. A copy of the SDS and the teacher interview questions is included, along with descriptions of two sample students and their completed SDS forms. (Contains 12 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Francisco State Univ., CA. California Research Inst.