Parenting Skills Ladder

Parenting Skills Ladder (PSL)

The Parenting Skills Ladder (PSL) is used by OPEC grantees to gather evaluation data from parents who participate in evidence-based parenting education programs as well as family activities and events.

The Parenting Skills Ladder (PSL) was developed at Oregon State University as a tool to support the evaluation of parenting education series. The PSL uses a retrospective pre-test approach and is designed to be used at the end of a parenting education series. During the final class of a series (or following class completion), parents are asked to rate themselves on their current parenting knowledge and practices as well as their child’s behavior. Parents are then asked to think back and rate themselves on these same items thinking back to their knowledge and practices before the parenting series.

The PSL may be used for educational, research, and non-profit purposes for distribution in programs working with families of children ages 0-8.

Requesting Access to the PSL

* At this time, the PSL is available by request in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Please complete our new PSL Request Form and a member of our team will contact you shortly. For questions, contact the Oregon State University Parenting Education Team at or 541.737.1013.

When using the PSL for publication purposes, please cite:

Pratt, C., Katzev, A., Peters, C., Bowman, S., Rennekamp, D., & Sektnan, M. (2014). Parenting Skills Ladder, Revised, Second Edition. Oregon State University: Extension Family and Community Health.