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MMSD Best Practice Guidelines: Individual Mental and Behavioral Health Brief Assessments

Assessments included in this section are for the purposes of progress monitoring and/or determining appropriate instructional/behavioral strategies for curriculum implementation.  Assessments may not be used to determine eligibility for special education and related services or whether a special education referral is warranted.  If District staff suspect a student is demonstrating a disability the District must comply with all procedural safeguards set forth in the District's Special Education or Section 504 policies and procedures.


Student Services staff, including psychologists, nurses, social workers, and counselors, are positioned to conduct brief assessments relative to their roles and core practices in schools.  This most often occurs in the context of collaborative problem-solving in Student Services Intervention Teams.  Results of assessments may be used to design supports for learning, consult with teachers, and assist families seeking community supports.


The following brief assessments are easily accessible and can be used in concert with other data.

  • They are not diagnostic. 
  • Consultation with other school-based Student Services staff and the Student Services Leads for each discipline in Central Office is available and encouraged.
  • Parent permission is needed and documentation of assessment results should be kept solely in the professional files of the assessor.
  • Sharing of data internally adheres to MMSD’s guidelines on confidentiality; a signed parental consent to release information (ROI) must be in place in order to share information with community providers.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Tim Peterson, Director of Assessment.  Email:   Phone: 608-663-5217