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Study: Teacher Rating Scales “Valid and Time-Efficient” Measure for Assessing ADHD

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May 18, 2020Teacher rating scales accurately and efficiently assess attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the classroom, though they are a more reliable tool for detecting hyperactive-impulsive behaviors than inattentive behaviors.

This is the finding of a new meta-analysis of 22 studies regarding the assessment of ADHD symptoms in 3,947 children, which found that teacher rating scales closely tracked with structured observations of students and clinical interviews — both regarded “gold standard assessments” of ADHD.

The new study, published in the Journal of Attention Disorders,1 also suggests that structured observations may aid in the detection of inattentive symptoms in the classroom.Researchers conducted a systematic

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