BRIGANCE Special Education

Finding “Can Dos” for Every Level

Albert H. Brigance had a place deep in his heart for his special education students. When he began his career as a school psychologist in the 1970s, he noticed that assessment tools tended to undervalue his students’ unique development trajectories and instead emphasized what they didn’t know and couldn’t do. Al wanted to change the conversation.

He envisioned an expansion of existing assessments for developmental and academic skills to suit special ed—in-depth skill sequences that would reveal what students did know and could do. Al’s idea became a best-selling reality, and BRIGANCE Special Education was born.
 
Our Special Education products consist of assessment inventories and instruction materials that focus on a broad array of skills and behaviors in key developmental, academic, and transition domains. They assist professionals with pinpointing Present Level of Performance (PLOP) and with writing accurate, comprehensive, and meaningful IEPs.
 

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Criterion-Referenced Inventories
Norm-Referenced Inventories

Criterion-Referenced Inventories

Criterion-referenced assessment measures a student’s performance on a specified set of skills over time. Educators use criterion-referenced assessment when progress is to be evaluated solely by comparing a student’s own present and past performance. It is commonly used when normative, or standardized, scores are not necessary.

Inventory of Early Development III and record book.

Inventory of Early Development III and IED III Record Book

The Inventory of Early Development III consists of more than 100 assessments that cover a broad array of skills and behaviors to offer a comprehensive picture of a student’s skill mastery. Assessments cover key domains aligned to state and national standards, including the College and Career Readiness Standards, as well as IDEA requirements for a comprehensive and accurate assessment.

With assessments in the key domains of Physical Development, Language Development, Literacy, Mathematics and Science, Daily Living, and Social-Emotional Development, the IED III is intended for use with students functioning at a developmental age from birth through age 7.

The IED III supports educators in pinpointing present level of performance (PLOP), administering ongoing assessment, monitoring progress, and writing measurable objectives for IEPs. Examiners use one IED III Record Book per student for recording assessment results.

Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills II and Record Book.

CIBS II and CIBS II Record Book

The Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills II includes two volumes—one for Reading/ELA, one for Mathematics—and consists of nearly 400 criterion-referenced assessments and grade-level placement tests intended for students in Grades K–9. The Reading/ELA content includes fluency assessments, and the Mathematics content is based on NCTM focal points. Assessments align to many state and national standards, including the College and Career Readiness Standards.

The CIBS II supports educators in pinpointing PLOP and PLAAFP, providing ongoing assessment, monitoring progress, and writing measurable objectives for IEPs. Examiners use one CIBS II Record Book per student.

Transition Skills Inventory and record book.

TSI and TSI Record Book

The 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. Based on Indicator 13, it accommodates varying skill levels in the domains of academic skills, post-secondary opportunities, independent living, and community participation. Educators use the TSI to pinpoint PLOP and write goals and objectives for transition planning. Examiners use one TSI Record Book per student for recording assessment results.

Transition Skills Activities and student book.

TSA and TSA Student Book

The Transition Skills Activities instruction resource consists of more than 250 lesson activities linked to the assessments found in the Transition Skills Inventory. Lessons offer modifications to fit interests and ability levels and cover post-secondary, independent living, and community participation skills. Educators use the TSA when delivering instruction inside the classroom and out in the community, and higher functioning students record their work in the TSA Student Book. The TSA is often used in tandem with the TSI to meet Indicator 13 requirements.

Norm-Referenced Inventories

Norm-referenced, or standardized, assessment measures a student’s performance on a specific set of skills relative to that of same-age or same-grade students. Such assessments have been standardized and validated on a normative sample. Educators use standardized assessment when they need to derive normative scores, such as composite scores, percentile ranks, and age equivalents.

Inventory of Early Development II Standardized and Standardized Record Book.

IED III Standardized and IED III Standardized Record Book

The Inventory of Early Development III Standardized consists of 55 norm-referenced assessments that allow educators to compare a child’s performance to that of same-age children in a nationally representative sample. Assessments cover a broad array of skills and behaviors in these key early learning and development domains:

• Physical Development (gross motor and fine motor)
• Language Development (receptive and expressive)
• Academic Skills/Cognitive Development (literacy and mathematics)
• Adaptive Behavior (daily living)
• Social and Emotional Development (interpersonal and self-regulatory)

The IED III Standardized is intended for use with children ages 0–7 and provides normative scores such as standard scores, percentile ranks, and age equivalents for children of these ages. (Normative scores cannot be derived for children age 8 or older.) Educators commonly use these normative scores, when indicated, to endorse a child’s eligibility for services. Examiners use one IED III Standardized Record Book per child for recording assessment results.

Inventory of Early Development II Standardization and Validation Manual.

IED III Standardization and Validation Manual

The IED III Standardization and Validation Manual gives the history and a technical explanation of the IED III Standardized. It includes information about test administration procedures, interpretation of results, standardization methodology, and the reliability and validity of the measure. Score conversion instructions, tables, and worksheets for the derivation of normed scores are found in the Appendices.

Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills II Standardized and Standardized record book.

CIBS II Standardized and CIBS II Record Book

The Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills II Standardized includes 45 norm-referenced assessments for Mathematics, Reading/ELA, and Readiness. The CIBS II Standardized supports educators in comparing a student’s performance to that of a nationally representative sample.

It is intended for use with students ages 5–12 and provides normative scores such as standard scores, percentile ranks, and age equivalents for students of these ages. (Normative scores cannot be derived for students age 13 or older.) The normative scores are commonly used, when indicated, to endorse a student’s eligibility for services.

The CIBS II Standardized is also used for pinpointing PLOP and PLAAFP, writing IEPs, and monitoring progress. Examiners use one CIBS II Standardized Record Book per student for recording assessment results.

Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills II Standardization and Validation Manual.

CIBS II Standardization and Validation Manual

The CIBS II Standardization and Validation Manual gives the history and a technical explanation of the CIBS II Standardized. It includes information about test administration procedures, interpretation of results, monitoring progress and informing instruction, standardization methodology, and the reliability and validity of the measure. Score conversion instructions, tables, and worksheets for the derivation of normed scores are found in the Appendices.

Previous Edition Users: To reorder Record Books for the IED II, please call Customer Service at (800) 225-0248. 
To find out about assessments available for Spanish-speaking students, please call Customer Service at (800) 225-0248.

Free Tools

IED III Standardized Scoring Tool

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CIBS II Standardized Scoring Tool

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