Universal Screening in Educational Settings: Evidence-Based Decision Making for Schools
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Researchers have found that 74% of students with reading difficulties in third grade continue to have trouble reading in high school. Likewise, children with behavioral difficulties at an early age have an increased risk for school maladjustment and antisocial activity. Universal screening identifies students for help before difficulties become too pervasive.
This book provides evidence-based guidance for selecting, developing, implementing, and interpreting universal screening instruments in educational settings. Educational psychology experts thoroughly explore psychometric issues, fit with models of education like response-to-invervention and multi-gating, and implementation issues like teacher training, parental consent, technology, budgets, and school characteristic.
Designed to be a cost-effective and brief assessment of all students, universal screening not only identifies those in need of prevention and early intervention services but also helps determine whether core educational programs are meeting student's needs.
This book provides examples and describes contexts in which screening is used not to label a problem but instead to create an opportunity for change.
- An Introduction to Universal Screening in Educational Settings
Ryan J. Kettler, Todd A. Glover, Craig A. Albers, and Kelly A. Feeney-Kettler
I. Universal Screening Within Educational Models
- Screening Within a Multitiered Early Prevention Model: Using Assessment to Inform Instruction and Promote Students' Response to Intervention
Danielle M. Parisi, Tanya Ihlo, and Todd A. Glover
- Multiple-Gating Approaches in Universal Screening Within School and Community Settings
Hill M. Walker, Jason W. Small, Herbert H. Severson, John R. Seeley, and Edward G. Feil
II. Developing, Evaluating, and Implementing Screening
- Developing and Evaluating Screening Systems: Practical and Psychometric Considerations
Theodore J. Christ and Peter M. Nelson
- Screening as Innovation: Implementation Challenges
Susan G. Forman, Tzivia R. Jofen, and Audrey R. Lubin
III. Content-Specific Screening
- Early Childhood Literacy Screening
Scott R. McConnell, Tracy A. Bradfield, and Alisha K. Wackerle-Hollman
- Screening for Early Reading Skills: Using Data to Guide Resources and Instruction
Matthew K. Burns, Katherine Haegele, and Shawna Petersen-Brown
- Mathematics Screening Measures for the Primary Grades
Ben Clarke, Kelly Haymond, and Russell Gersten
- Broadband Screening of Academic and Social Behavior
James C. DiPerna, Catherine G. Bailey, and Christopher Anthony
- Behavioral and Mental Health Screening
Randy W. Kamphaus, Cecil R. Reynolds, and Bridget V. Dever
- Universal Screening of English Language Learners: Language Proficiency and Literacy
Craig A. Albers and Paige L. Mission
About the Editors
Ryan J. Kettler, PhD, is an assistant professor of school psychology in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He earned his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2005.
Dr. Kettler's research on data-based decision making in education has been funded externally and has yielded more than 40 publications. He is currently coprincipal investigator of the School System Improvement Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, as well as the website editor of the research registry of the Society for the Study of School Psychology.
Todd A. Glover, PhD, is a research associate professor at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His research and publications focus on school-based screening, academic and behavioral supports for students at risk, and response to intervention.
Dr. Glover is the principal or coprincipal investigator of ongoing grant projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences and the Nebraska Department of Education. He is also director of research operations for the National Center for Research on Rural Education.
Craig A. Albers, PhD, is an associate professor of educational psychology in the School Psychology Program and is the chairperson of the Interdisciplinary Prevention and Intervention Sciences Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He earned his doctorate in educational psychology at Arizona State University in 2002.
Dr. Albers has received multiple U.S. Department of Education and Institute of Education Sciences research and training grants associated with implementation of response-to-intervention models. He is a member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology and serves as an associate editor for the Journal of School Psychology.
Kelly A. Feeney-Kettler, PhD, is a consultant in educational psychology in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. She earned her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2008.
Dr. Feeney-Kettler developed the Preschool Behavior Screening System to promote the early identification of children at risk for mental health problems. She was recognized by APA's Division 16 (School Psychology) with an outstanding dissertation award. She also has been recognized as an Early Career Scholar by the Society for the Study of School Psychology.
A very helpful contribution that highlights the relevance and applicability of psychological science to many of the most pressing and worrisome issues facing schools.