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ENSI Technical Information
The ENSI follows the “template” of a psycho-educational assessment, and is based upon published research² showing that measures of this nature can do a remarkably good job of identifying possible educational concerns.
Sources contributing to the current edition of the ENSI include:
a) the School Problem Screening Inventory¹,
b) research published by the ENSI’s author²,
c) information contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders³,
d) information published regarding giftedness4, and
e) norms provided by Mash and Terdel5 regarding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The current edition of the ENSI embodies the following features:
Efficiency: The ENSI is a very powerful and efficient screening instrument. In requiring only carergiver-supplied, multiple-choice answers to a total of 76 questions, the ENSI flags potential problems in most of the major special education categories for students ranging from five to 15 years of age.
Additional important efficiency aspects of the ENSI are:
a) that it is available online 24 hours per day, seven days a week,
b) it can be completed by a parent (or other informed respondent) in 15 minutes or less
c) it is instantly scored, and
d) a printable report of the results is immediately available.
Economy: Unlike a formal psycho-educational assessment, that may cost thousands of dollars – and often must be booked months in advance, the ENSI can be administered at any time, and has a remarkably low cost of $9.95.
1. Gnagey, Thomas D. (1974) The School Problem Screening Inventory. Facilitation House: Ottawa, Illinois.
2. Nodrick, W.S. and Li, A.K. (1985) Concurrent Validity of the School Problem Screening Inventory for Behaviour-Disordered Students, Psychology in the Schools, 1992, 29, 126 -131.
3. American Psychiatric Association (1987) The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (third edition – revised). Washington, D.C.: Author.
4. Personal, Social, Medical and Psychological Factors in 190+ IQ Children. Presented by Karen Rogers and Linda Silverman at the National Association for Gifted Children 44th Annual Convention in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 7, 1997.
5. Barkley, R.A. (1990) Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment. New York: The Guilford Press.