Considerations for evaluating universal screening assessments

Todd A. Glover, Craig A. Albers

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Universal screening is a critical prerequisite to providing early school-based prevention and intervention services for students at risk for or with academic, behavioral, or emotional difficulties. Although use of academic and behavioral screening has become more prevalent, criteria for making informed decisions about appropriate screening tools are not readily available to those who work in educational settings. The purpose of this article is to (a) highlight several considerations about the appropriateness, technical adequacy, and usability of academic or behavioral screeners and (b) provide a general assessment of the current state of science pertaining to universal screening. The article concludes with considerations for policy and practice. The framework presented may be useful in guiding those interested in evaluating, selecting, and researching school-based universal screening assessments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-135
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of School Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2007


  • 3-tiered model
  • Assessment
  • At risk
  • Identification
  • Progress monitoring
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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