Project SCREEN: Validation of a Free-Access Screening Tool for K-12 Educators to Screen Students with Internalizing and Externalizing Behavior Patterns
Early detection of students at risk for emotional behavioral disorders (EBD) is a critical first step in schools’ efforts to effectively support all learners. Systematic behavior screening enables educators to detect students exhibiting behavioral challenges and connect them to interventions proactively, rather than waiting for challenges to worsen before acting. To sustainably install systematic behavior screening, schools must have access to screening tools that are feasible, affordable, valid, and reliable. Due to constraints on the time of educators and budget limitations facing schools today, free-access screening tools may be the only viable option for many schools.
Therefore, we plan to investigate the technical adequacy of the Student Risk Screening Scale for Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors (SRSS-IE) for detecting student risk for externalizing and internalizing behavior challenges. The SRSS-IE is a fast (15-min to complete for an entire class) and free-access tool, shown to be feasible for educators to complete. If SRSS-IE is successful it could create a feasible, affordable, valid, and reliable behavioral screening process for teachers to better support all learners.
Kathleen Lynne Lane, Ph.D.
1122 West Campus Road
542 Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-3101