Examining the Technical Adequacy of the COEDD

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand important factors for selecting appropriate systematic direct observation (SDO) coding schemes for assessing student classroom behavior.
  2. expand their toolkit of SDO coding schemes to include the COEDD.
  3. understand the psychometric characteristics of the COEDD.


While a number of published systematic direct observation coding schemes (SDO) exist, research indicates school psychologists utilize available SDOs only sparingly. This presentation will describe the COEDD, a newly developed SDO designed to be a highly usable assessment tool for practitioners. We will examine the technical adequacy of the COEDD, including interobserver agreement, temporal stability, and criterion-related validity. Results will provide insight about the utility of the COEDD in assessing common academic and behavioral concerns.



Emily E. Hill, Northeastern University


Robert J. Volpe, Amy M. Briesch

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