Assessment Instruments

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   CAP (Comprehensive Assessment Plan) for character education (Lickona, 2013)

   A 10-point plan that uses multiple methods to assess the effectiveness of a character education initiative.

  8 Strenths Assessment: (8 Strengths of Character School Self-Assessment and Planning Template)

This tool, developed by Tom Lickona and Matt Davidson as part of the Smart & Good Schools framework, helps    practitioners identify schoolwide and classroom practices they are now using—and additional ones they might adopt—to develop the 8 strengths of character: (1) Lifelong learner and critical thinker, (2) Diligent and capable performer, (3) Socially and emotionally skilled person, (4) Ethical thinker, (5) Respectful and responsible moral agent, (6) Self-disciplined person who pursues a healthy lifestyle, (7) Contributing community member and democratic citizen, (8) Spiritual person engaged in creating a life of noble purpose.

Respect & Responsibility School Climate Survey

Respect & Responsibility School Culture Survey (Lickona, 2012)

Best given annually, this 29-question survey developed by the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, assesses the extent to which everyone at school acts with respect and responsibility toward others. May be duplicated and used without permission.


 School as a Caring Community Profile-II (SCCP-II) - Lickona & Davidson
(Permission is not required to use the SCCP-II)

The School as a Caring Community Profile-II (SCCP-II) is an instrument developed by the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) to help schools assess themselves as caring communities. In this 42-question survey, the first 25 items relate to perceptions of students; the final 17 items relate to perceptions of adults. Younger children may be asked to answer only items 1 through 34. (For most items, a high rating is positive; for a few items, the reverse is true.) The SCCP identifies areas of strength and areas for improvement. Areas of relatively low ratings, and areas where there are significant discrepancies between ratings by different groups, can then become the focus of efforts to strengthen the experience of the school as a caring community.

Character Education Evaluation Toolkit

Does your school or district ever wonder whether its character education initiative is having the intended effects? Do you see improvements in school climate and student behavior and desire to document them? Do you want to pin point what needs improvement in your initiative? Are those funding your initiative wanting to see hard data? The Character Education Evaluation Toolkit is full of practical, user-friendly evaluation methods that provides beginning evaluators with background information and step-by-step instructions for implementing a useful, accurate and cost-efficient program evaluation.

The Character Education Evaluation Toolkit is book XI of the Character Education Partnership's Eleven Principles Sourcebook. It is no longer sold separately from the Sourcebook. Why have the Eleven Principles Sourcebook? If you are a school or district in the initial stages of planning a character education initiative, this book provides the " big picture" necessary to build a roadmap and understand the process. Schools and districts seeking to improve on and sustain their initiatives will find that the content of the Sourcebook will help with evaluating what they currently have in place and suggest ways to build upon their efforts. The Eleven Principles Sourcebook contains eleven guidebooks and a DVD to bring each of the Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education to life. It provides examples from national Schools of Character, shares research and resources, and includes facilitation guides and summaries of key points for each principle. Click on the links above for more details and ordering information.

Character Education Quality Standards

This instrument outlines key components of effective character education and allows schools and districts to evaluate their efforts in relation to these criteria. It provides a means for educators, administrators, and community members to reflect on current practices, identify short and long-term objectives, and develop or improve a strategic plan. Character Education Quality Standards is based on CEP's Eleven Principles of Effective Character EducationTM and The Eleven Principles Survey by Tom Lickona and Matthew Davidson.

Coach's Character Development Self-Evaluation Checklist - Davidson, Moran-Miller, & Beedy

This checklist is designed to provide information on coaches’ approach to character development. This information is not used to evaluate coaches. Rather, it collects important information that can guide future discussions about character development in sports.

Individual and Team Character in Sport Questionnaire (ITCSQ) - Davidson, Khmelkov, & Moran-Miller

The ITCSQ is a 48 item survey questionnaire designed to measure character-related outcomes within a sport setting. The ITCSQhas three scales: a Values Rating Scale, a Community Climate Scale, and a Character Development Experiences Scale.
Twelve Component Assessment and Planning (TCAP) - Davidson, Lickona, & Khmelkov

The TCAP is a planning and assessment tool constructed for use with the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs’ 12-Point Comprehensive Approach to Character Education. The instrument provides outcome indicators for each component of the comprehensive approach. It may be used in its entirety, or one component at a time.  Additional space is provided for supplemental items measure outcome indicators specific to particular program contexts.