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AIR Self-Determination Assessments

The American Institutes for Research (AIR), in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, developed the student, parent, and educator  versions of the AIR Self-Determination Assessments with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The AIR Self-Determination scale:

  • produces a profile of the student's level of self-determination
  • identifies areas of strength and areas needing improvement
  • identifies specific educational goals that can be incorporated into the student's IEP

The AIR Assessments measure two broad self-determination components. Capacity refers to the student's knowledge, abilities, and perceptions that enable them to be self-determined. Opportunity refers to the student's chances to use their knowledge and abilities.

The AIR Self-Determination Assessments are available for you to use, free of charge (see below for permission letter). Download the manual and each scale by clicking on the links below.


For help witih scoring and interpreting the AIR:

Dr. Dennis Mithaug of Teachers College, Columbia University, provided permission (Mithaug Permission.pdf)  to make the AIR Self-Determination Assessments and User Guide available for no charge. Dr. Susan Palmer from the University of Kansas and OU Zarrow Center staff worked together to place the AIR assessment tools on this web page.