Reiss School Motivation Profile®

The Reiss School Motivation Profile® (RSMP) is a standardized, comprehensive assessment of a student's psychological needs, interests, motives, and life goals.

Uses: The RSMP assesses 16 needs relevant to academic achievement, mindset, interpersonal relationships, and career interests. School psychologists use the results to identify motivational reasons for poor grades and inappropriate behavior not related to a disability - and to plan effective interventions tailored to the student's individual needs. Teachers use the results to implement successful strategies to promote a positive mindset. School counselors use the results to offer thoughtful advice to students about future career choices.

Ages: The RSMP can be used with middle school, high school, or college students ages 12 - 25.

Length: This 128-item self-report questionnaire can be completed in about 15 minutes.

Administration: There are two options for administering the test. You can download and print the questionnaire for the student to complete as a paper-and-pencil test, or the student can answer the questionnaire online.

Scoring: Both versions are scored via Internet.

Results: You receive a color-coded bar graph with standard scores that show the importance of each of 16 needs. The report that accompanies the graph discusses what each result means including implications for instructional strategies, intervention plans, and parent involvement. The report has no technical jargon and thus is easily understood by most parents.

The 16 needs are:




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Reiss Motivation Profile® for Children

The Reiss Motivation Profile® for Children (RMP-Child) is a standardized assessment of a child's psychological needs, interests, and intrinsic motives.

Uses: The RMP-Child assesses ten needs relevant to academic achievement, mindset, well-being, and character. School psychologists use the results to identify motivational reasons for poor school performance not related to a disability - and to plan effective interventions based on a child's psychological needs. Teachers use the results to understand a child's interests and to adapt instruction to promote a positive mindset.

Ages: The RMP-Child is normed for children ages 4 - 11.

Raters: Two raters are required. One rater must be a teacher who has known the student for at least three months. The other rater may be another teacher, which is preferred, or a parent.

Length: This 80-item behavior rating scale can be completed in about 10 minutes.

Administration: There are two options for administering the test. Raters can complete either a paper-and-pencil test form or an online questionnaire.

Scoring: Both versions are scored via Internet.

Results: You receive a color-coded bar graph showing the importance of each of ten needs. The report that accompanies the graph discusses what each result means including implications for instructional strategies, intervention plans, and parent involvement. The report has no technical jargon and thus is easily understood by most parents.

The ten needs are:
  • Achievement, the need for self-efficacy
  • Attention, the need for respect
  • Belonging, the need for friends
  • Citizenship, the need to improve society
  • Competition, the need to fight back
  • Order, the need for structure
  • Physical Activity, the need for exercise
  • Self Esteem, the need for approval/positive mindset
  • Tranquility, the need for safety
  • Understanding, the need to think
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