Self-Determination and the AIR Self-Determination Assessments
Self-Determination is the foundation of all of the Zarrow Center's activities.
Self-determined individuals know how to choose. From an awareness of personal and family needs, self-determined individuals choose goals and pursue those goals. This involves students asserting their presence, making their needs known, evaluating progress toward meeting their goals, adjusting their performance as needed, and creating unique approaches to solve problems using school, community, and family supports.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR), in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University, developed the AIR Self-Determination scale with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The AIR Self-Determination scale: