Research has shown that incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) content into a school’s programs can lead to positive impacts on academic gains and reductions in disruptive classroom behavior. The FastBridge Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) is a brief and efficient tool that can be used as a universal screener to help educators assess risk for social-emotional and behavioral problems. SAEBRS can be used alongside a specific curriculum or on its own to inform educators of their students’ functioning in three domains that combine to provide an overall score.
- Social Behaviors: Behaviors related to age-appropriate relationships with peers and adults.
- Academic Behaviors: Behaviors related to preparation, participation, and benefit from academic instruction.
- Emotional Problems: Behaviors related to regulating internal states, adapting to change, and responding to stressful/challenging events.
Materials and Procedure
SAEBRS is completed by a teacher who has worked with a student for at least one month and can be used for students in grades K through 12. The educator completes the rating scale online, by using a computer or a tablet device. Educators rate each student on a total of 19 items spread across the three domains. Ratings are based on how frequently the student has displayed the stated behavior during the previous month (i.e., 4 weeks). No other behaviors outside of the last month should be considered during SAEBRS completion.
Scores and Interpretation
Each SAEBRS item has a score value between 0 and 3. Some items have higher positive scores and others have lower positive scores. This is done so that higher SAEBRS sub-scale and total scores are reflective of better behavior. Scores on the total score and each sub-scale are characterized as “At Risk” or “Not at Risk.” When interpreting scores, it is important to look at the total score first. When the total score indicates risk, the three sub-scale scores can be reviewed to identify the specific domain(s) in which the student demonstrates risk. SAEBRS data can be useful in determining how best to support students at the Tier 1 level. For students with at-risk scores, the data can be combined with other information to design small group or individual behavioral interventions.
Two FastBridge reports provide details about SAEBRS scores: (a) the Group Screening Report and (b) the Individual Skills Report.
- Group Screening Report. This report provides information on the total and sub-scale scores for all students with available data. Visual conventions within the Group Screening Report help educators determine when ratings suggest a student’s behavior is at risk. There are district-wide, school-wide, and classroom versions of this report.
- Individual Skills Report. For those students with total SAEBRS scores that indicate risk, this report shows the scores on each item as well as a graph depicting the range of scores for each sub-scale. When the student version of SAEBRS, – known as mySAEBRS -- has been used as well both the SAEBRS and mySAEBRS scores will be displayed.