Date of Award

Fall 12-2022

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Crystal N. Taylor

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Zachary LaBrot

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

R. Alex Smith

Committee Member 3 School



Universal screening is a proactive method to identify students that are at risk for social-emotional and behavior (SEB) problems and provide information to schools to support early intervention for at risk children. Current recommendations for practice indicate screening should be conducted at three time points during the school year. Previous studies suggest that this recommendation is not empirically based and fewer screenings per year may be sufficient for identifying students at risk. The current study seeks to extend the literature regarding the stability and consistency of screening scores over time by analyzing ratings from the Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS) collected during fall and spring within an urban, elementary school to determine the number of screenings necessary to identify at-risk students. Additionally, this study examined the impact of re-screening students that had borderline risk scores in the fall to determine if a more targeted screening might be feasible in the spring when using the SRSS. Results will inform best practice recommendations related to the implementation of universal screening for SEB concerns using the SRSS in elementary students.