School Function Assessment (SFA)

School Function Assessment (SFA)


Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, Theresa Deeney, EdD, Jane Haltiwanger, PhD, Stephen Haley, PhD, PT


Evaluate and monitor a student's performance of functional tasks and activities

Age Range:

Kindergarten through grade 6


Individual scales can be completed in as little as 5 to 10 minutes


Criterion-Referenced ratings

Publication Date:


  • Help elementary school students with disabilities succeed by identifying their strengths and needs in important nonacademic functional tasks.
  • School personnel familiar with the student’s typical performance complete the SFA.
  • Three scales are included for evaluating students—Participation, Task Supports, and Activity Performance.
  • Criterion cut-off scores help establish eligibility for special services.
  • Use SFA to facilitate collaborative program planning for students with a variety of disabling conditions.

Reference Materials

SFA Overview (PDF – 114 KB)

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