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1. To estimate the value of a property, especially for property tax purposes. For example, a county may send an assessor to one's house to assess its value and base the property tax one owes on that assessment.

2. To decide the cost of something. For example, an insurance company may assess the damage of a house fire at $120,000 and agree to pay that much toward repairs. Alternatively, the government may assess that one owes $50,000 in income tax based upon one's income the previous year.

Tax Assessment

The determination of how much a person or company owes in taxes. One usually determines one's own tax assessment by declaring one's income and capital gains from the previous year and applying the methodology the government requires to arrive at the tax liability. The government has the right to audit any tax assessment.
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(1) The official valuation of property for tax purposes. (2) A one-time charge made against property owners for each one's pro rata share of the expense of repairs or improvements to be enjoyed by all of them in common,such as a condo association assessment to replace a roof,or a local government assessment to pave a dirt road. (3) Determination of the value of property in a condemnation case.

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The five step process was as follows: (a) Step 1: Determining which students need a FABI; (b) Step 2: Conducting the functional assessment and determining the hypothesized function; (c) Step 3: Collecting baseline data; (d) Step 4: Designing the intervention; and (e) Step 5: Testing the intervention.
The functional assessment identified key environmental factors that predicted and maintained the behavior.
While the literature on functional assessment and intervention development has changed the landscape of the educational system, gaps still remain in the translation of research to practice.
A functional assessment of behavior allows for a quick and comprehensive method of charting the behavior of TBI children across all stages of recovery.
While EFAs involve structured manipulations of environmental events (Cone, 1997) , the term functional assessment or functional behavioral assessment is the frequently used umbrella term to describe all the procedures involved in assessing the function of a behavior including activities such as interviews, rating scales, and EFA.
Functional assessment procedures were originally developed in clinical settings with individuals with developmental disabilities (Iwata, Dorsey, Slifer, Bauman, & Richman, 1982).
The information from a functional assessment can provide objective data to assist with targeting individualized rehabilitation needs or to plan for specific in borne services such as meal preparation, nursing care, home-maker services, personal care, or continuous supervision.
The scientists wrote in the journal Nature: "The ability to conduct gain-of-function experiments in the developing mammalian inner ear by gene transfer in utero (in the womb) may permit the design and functional assessment of gene therapies aimed at ameliorating hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction in mice that model human deafness and balance disorders.

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