School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory

School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory [SMALSI]
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For: Provides a quick, cost-effective way to identify and target poor learning strategies that affect academic performance

Reading Level: 8 through 18 years

Format: Paper and Pencil, Software; or Online administration (using WPS Online Evaluation System)

Length: 20 to 30 minutes

Scoring: Computer Scored; or Online Scoring (using WPS Online Evaluation System)

Kits
W-398 SMALSI Child Kit (Ages 8 through 12 years) - $374.00
Includes 25 SMALSI Child Test Forms; 1 Set of Child Scoring Templates; 25 Child Profile Sheets; Audio CD; Manual
W-398K SMALSI Comprehensive Kit (Ages 8 through 18 years) - $522.50
Includes 25 SMALSI Child Test Forms; 1 Set of Child Scoring Templates; 25 Child Profile Sheets; 25 Teen Test Forms, 1 Set of Teen Scoring Templates, 25 Teen Profile Sheets; Audio CD; Manual
W-398T SMALSI Teen Kit (Ages 13 through 18 years) - $374.00
Includes 25 SMALSI Teen Test Forms; 1 Set of Teen Scoring Templates; 25 Teen Profile Sheets; Audio CD; Manual
Hand Scoring Materials
W-398A SMALSI Child Test Form (25) - $104.50
Packs of 25.
W-398B SMALSI Child Scoring Templates - $82.50
W-398C SMALSI Child Profile Sheet (100) - $71.50
Pads of 100.
W-398D SMALSI Teen Test Form (25) - $104.50
Packs of 25.
W-398E SMALSI Teen Scoring Templates - $82.50
W-398F SMALSI Teen Profile Sheet (100) - $71.50
Pads of 100.
W-398G SMALSI Manual - $126.50
W-398H SMALSI Audio CD - $38.50
Audio recording of all SMALSI test items designed for poor readers.
Computer Scoring Materials
W-398U SMALSI Unlimited-Use Scoring CD - $880.00
Unlimited use. PC with Windows 98, ME, XP or 2000. (For Vista compatibility, call PAA).
Online Reports
W-398AP25 SMALSI Child Online Form (25 uses) - $121.00
Each Online Form Use includes administration, scoring, Score Report and Progress Report. A Use is consumed when an Online Form is scored. Contact PAA to access use of the WPS Online Evaluation System. Registration required. Upon purchase an online activation code including instructions will be emailed to you.
W-398AP5 SMALSI Child Online Form (5 uses) - $24.20
Each Online Form Use includes administration, scoring, Score Report and Progress Report. A Use is consumed when an Online Form is scored. Contact PAA to access use of the WPS Online Evaluation System. Registration required. Upon purchase an online activation code including instructions will be emailed to you.
W-398DP25 SMALSI Teen Online Form (25 uses) - $121.00
Each Online Form Use includes administration, scoring, Score Report and Progress Report. A Use is consumed when an Online Form is scored. Contact PAA to access use of the WPS Online Evaluation System. Registration required. Upon purchase an online activation code including instructions will be emailed to you.
W-398DP5 SMALSI Teen Online Form (5 usees) - $24.20
Each Online Form Use includes administration, scoring, Score Report and Progress Report. A Use is consumed when an Online Form is scored. Contact PAA to access use of the WPS Online Evaluation System. Registration required. Upon purchase an online activation code including instructions will be emailed to you.
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Now also with New Online Administration & Scoring Portal Available!

Authors

Kathy Chatham Stroud, Ph.D., and Cecil R. Reynolds, Ph.D.  


Measure student learning strategies early and intervene proactively

Poor study skills, ineffective learning strategies, test anxiety--all of these things impede academic success. And they often go unrecognized until a student enters college and is placed in a remedial program.  With the new School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory (SMALSI), you can now measure the skills related to academic success early in a student's school career. This allows you to address any weaknesses proactively--rather than waiting for repeated academic failures to determine that a student needs help.


Assess academic motivation, learning strategies, and study habits

Designed for both special and general education students, this new self-report inventory assesses 10 primary constructs associated with academic motivation, learning strategies, and study habits, 7 focusing on student strengths and 3 focusing on student liabilities: 

Strengths

  • Study Strategies
  • Note-Taking/Listening Skills
  • Reading/Comprehension Strategies
  • Writing/Research Skills
  • Test-Taking Strategies
  • Organisational Techniques
  • Time Management

Liabilities

  • Low Academic Motivation
  • Test Anxiety
  • Concentration/Attention Difficulties

Scores from these scales provide enough information to identify problems that interfere with academic development. An Inconsistent Responding index is also included as a validity measure. 


Screen individuals or groups in just 20 to 30 minutes

The SMALSI is available in two forms. The Child Form (147 items) is for students 8 through 12 years of age; the Teen Form (170 items) is for 13- to 18-year-olds. Both forms are written at a third-grade reading level and can be completed in about 20 to 30 minutes. And both use a 4-point response scale, ranging from "Never" to "Almost Always." Scored by hand or computer, the SMALSI provides multiple scores, rather than one overall score. The unlimited-use scoring CD (W-398U-3) offers you an efficient and cost-effective way to screen large school populations. The SMALSI audio CD allows poor readers, who are often at risk for academic failure, to complete the SMALSI by listening to test items and then responding.

The SMALSI was standardised on a sample of 2,921 students - 1,821 aged 8 to 12 years (Child Form) and 1,100 aged 13 to 18 years (Teen Form) most from public schools. The sample reflects the U.S. population in terms of gender, ethnicity, and parental education.


Identify and directly target weak learning strategies

Unlike many other learning measures, the SMALSI does not assess learning styles, preferences, or other process dimensions. Instead, it assesses the actual strategies students use in learning and test taking which are strategies shown through research to be related to academic success. The SMALSI is a quick, cost-effective way to identify students who may have ineffective or poorly developed learning strategies, low levels of academic motivation, attention and concentration problems, difficulties with test taking, or test anxiety. It can be used for the following purposes:

  • Screening in regular education
  • Prereferral intervention
  • Assessing students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, or ADHD

Based on more than 30 years of research, the SMALSI allows you to identify and directly target poor learning strategies. It is the tool that makes early intervention possible.


Sample Report

SMALSI Sample Report


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