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Trauma Sensitive Schools Evaluation

There are various tools available to assess the extent to which your school or district has elements necessary to produce a trauma sensitive school. The following list is not comprehensive, however provides various tools for your consideration and use. DPI does not necessarily endorse any one tool, but encourages each TSS leadership team to determine which tool best meets your needs.

WI DPI Trauma Sensitive Schools Fidelity Tool

Trauma Sensitive Schools Fidelity Tool - Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 

  • This tool is intended to paint a picture of your school prior to the implementation of trauma-sensitive policies and practices. It may also help shape your school conversation around how to become more trauma-sensitive.


Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care Scale - Traumatic Stress Institute co-developed the ARTIC Scale

  • A psychometrically valid measure of professional and para-professional attitudes toward TIC. The ARTIC Scale is available in two formats: online and paper. Visit the website to learn more about pricing options for your school or district.

Trauma Responsive Schools Implementation Assessment (TRS-IA) 

Trauma Responsive Schools Implementation Assessment (TRS-IA) - developed by the Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resilience, Hope, and Wellness in Schools in collaboration with the Center for School Mental Health.

  • The TRS-IA is an evidence-informed self-assessment that can quickly and efficiently identify trauma responsive programming and policy domains of strengths, as well as areas with greater room for improvement.

Trauma Sensitive Schools Checklist

Trauma Sensitive Schools Checklist  - developed by Lesley University Center for Special Education Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative of Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.

  • This checklist is organized by five components involved in creating a trauma-sensitive school. Each component consists of several elements. Assess your school on each element according to the scale.