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Goal Attainment Scaling

  • By: Coady Lapierre
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) is a process of monitoring progress from a list of predetermined goals. Each goal is clearly set, then broken down into five categories that range from much better, to neutral, to much worse outcomes. GAS is tailored to a specific individual and his or her expected progress, and can be adapted to all skill ranges and used to address a large number of issues (Figure 1). GAS is widely used in education, counseling, social work, rehabilitation, medicine, and other areas.

Figure 1 Goal Attainment Scaling

The development of GAS has several steps. To begin, the major problems that need to be addressed are stated. For example, to use GAS with a student, the major issues may be numerous referrals to the office ...

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