Universal Behavior Screening in Schools

  • The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) provides free (grant-funded under the GaDOE’s Project AWARE) training and technical assistance to schools and school districts interested in building the infrastructure for universal behavior screening.
  • The CLD has designed a step-by-step process to guide schools through the universal behavior screening readiness process.
  • The CLD will also provide guidance on which universal screener districts should use to align with their district’s needs.

Steps to Complete Universal Screening for Behavior

Step 1 (Winter) – Determine criteria for schools to participate in universal screening for behavior. Select schools to participate.
Step 2 (Spring) – Complete resource map with each school.
Step 3 (Spring) – Complete a gap analysis with each school.
Step 4 (Spring) – Confirm that each school has adequate social, emotional, behavioral supports.
Step 5 (Spring) – Select a screening tool.
Step 6 (Spring) – Consult with district legal consultant about whether to use active or passive parent consent
Step 7 (Spring) – Finalize parental consent form. Collect consent forms at the beginning of the academic year
Step 8 (Summer) – Complete universal screening action plan with each school.
Step 9 (Start of the School Year) – Introduce school’s social, emotional, behavioral learning initiative to the school community.
Step 10 (At least 30 days before first screening date)– Train teachers on how to collect universal screening data. The process for data collection will vary based on respondent (e.g., student, parent, teacher).
Step 11 (First Screen – Six weeks into the School Year) – Conduct the screening.
Step 12 (Immediately after Screening) – Score the screening data.
Step 13 (Within Two Weeks of Scoring) – Review school-, grade-, gender-, race-, and classroom-level data and make decisions about whether and how to improve Tier 1 supports.
Step 14 (Within Two Weeks of Scoring) – Review student-level data and make decisions about how to provide Tier 2 or Tier 3 supports.
Step 15 (Spring) – Complete second/third screenings. If two screenings will be conducted, complete the second screening 30 days after the start of the second semester. If three screenings will be conducted, complete the second screening before the winter break, and the third screening before spring break.

Step-By-Step Screening Resources:

  1. Steps to Complete Universal Screening Process
  2. Resource Mapping – Gap Analysis Document
  3. Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (DRAFT)
  4. PPRA Model Notification
  5. SampleSDQ Opt-Out Letter
    1. SampleStrengths & Difficulties Questionnarie
    2. Introducing the Screening Form to Students
  6. Universal Screening Action Plan (Elementary)
    1. Universal Screening Action Plan (Middle)
    2. Universal Screening Action Plan (High)
  7. SEL Messaging for Families
    1. SEL Messaging for Educators
    2. AWAREness Tips (Elementary)
    3. AWAREness Tips (Middle)
    4. AWAREness Tips (High)
  8. Data-based Decision Making with Universal Screening
    1. List of Targeted Screeners


Contact Emily Graybill, PhD, NCSP for more information about universal screening | 404-413-1424 | egraybill1@gsu.edu