Children's Organizational Skills Scale

Children's Organizational Skills Scale [COSS]
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For: Understand how children organise their time, their materials, and their actions to accomplish important tasks at home and at school.

Reading Level: 8-13

Format: Paper and Pencil, Online - MHS Online Assessment Center portal

Length: 10-15 minutes

Scoring: Computer Scored, Online - MHS Online Assessment Center portal

Kits
COS001 COSS Complete Handscored Kit - $407.00
Includes COSS Manual, 25 COSS Parent, Teacher and Child Quikscore Forms.
COS010 COSS Complete Scoring Software Kit - $616.00
Includes COSS Manual, 25 COSS Parent, Teacher and Child Response Forms and COSS unlimited use scoring software CD-ROM.
Hand Scoring Materials
COS002 COSS Parent Quikscore Forms (25) - $99.00
Pack of 25 forms.
COS003 COSS Teacher Quickscore Forms (25) - $99.00
Pack of 25 forms.
COS004 COSS Child Quikscore Forms (25) - $99.00
Pack of 25 forms.
COS005 COSS Manual - $121.00
NEW in 2009
Computer Scoring Materials
COS011 COSS Parent Response Forms (25) - $99.00
Pack of 25 forms for use with scoring software.
COS012 COSS Teacher Response Forms (25) - $99.00
Pack of 25 forms for use with scoring software.
COS013 COSS Child Response Forms (25) - $99.00
Pack of 25 forms for use with scoring software.
COS014 COSS Software Installation CD-ROM - $214.50
Unlimited use scoring software.
Online Assessment Centre
COS007 COSS Parent Form - Online (each) - $5.94
For use with Online Assessment Center. Note: A minimum purchase of any combination of 10 online MAC forms applies per order.
COS008 COSS Teacher Form - Online (each) - $5.94
For use with Online Assessment Center. Note: A minimum purchase of any combination of 10 online MAC forms applies per order.
COS009 COSS Child Form - Online (each) - $5.94
For use with Online Assessment Center. Note: A minimum purchase of any combination of 10 online MAC forms applies per order.
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Authors

Howard Abikoff, Ph.D., Richard Gallagher, Ph.D.


Description

The COSS is designed to help the assessor understand how children organise their time, their materials, and their actions to accomplish important tasks at home and at school. The COSS quantifies organisational skills for children aged 8 to 13 based on ratings from parents, teachers, and the child.


How to Use the Assessment

Rating scales are available in parent, teacher, and self-report form formats. The COSS scales include Task Planning, Organises Actions, and Memory and Materials Management. An Inconsistency Index is available on all three forms. This index is useful for determining response patterns that can affect results due to careless/random responding.

The self-report form also contains a Positive Impression Index to help identify inaccurate representation of problems by making situations appear better than they really are. has a negative attitude toward the testing process.

Scales and Forms

  • Task Planning
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Memory and Materials Management


Technical Information

Over 5,000 assessments were collected, including ratings of youth in the general population sample, clinical cases, and those included in the validity studies. The normative sample for the COSS includes ratings from 480 parents, 480 teachers, and 480 youth. The sample was stratified to represent the general U.S. population according to age, gender, and race/ ethnicity (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2000). The normative sample is also diverse in terms of parental education level and geographic region. Separate norms are available for males and females, in 2-year age intervals (combined gender norms are also available).


Reports

Assessment Reports - Assessment Reports provide information about the child's scores, how they compare to other children, and which scales are elevated.

Progress Reports - Progress Reports combine the results of up to four administrations from the same rater to summarise important changes in reported behaviour that have occurred over time.

Comparative Reports - Comparative Reports integrate ratings provided by child, parent and teacher respondents. The results from up to five different raters can be compared to summarise important similarities and differences in the raters' perceptions of the child's behaviour.

 

Sample Reports

COSS Child Sample Assessment Report
COSS Parent Sample Assessment Report
COSS Teacher Sample Assessment Report
COSS Parent Sample Progress Report
COSS Sample Comparative Report

 

 

 

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