Social Emotional Screening

Perkins To Evaluate Students' Social-Emotional Needs
Posted on 09/16/2020
UPDATED: Deadline extended to Friday, October 16.

Perkins Local School District will survey students in all grades in coming weeks to get a pulse of their social and emotional well-being. The screenings are in response to new learning standards adopted by the Ohio Department of Education.

The screenings will be conducted by the district’s psychologists, school counselors, and student support specialist. 

The social-emotional learning screenings are conducted to better inform instruction and necessary supports. The data will allow Perkins Local Schools to assess how well the school system and practices are meeting all of the students’ social, emotional and behavioral needs.

Schools want the best possible outcomes for all students and to accomplish this, Perkins Local Schools wants to provide preventive supports to students based on need. Collecting information from the screener will help to allocate resources so students can be successful with social-emotional behavior, which also improves opportunities for academic success.

This screening process is similar to universal screening for academic concerns, such as Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), and universal hearing and vision screenings.

The Social-Emotional screener is used as one tool to provide an estimated level of risk. The screener is not used to exclude students from the instructional environment or meant to intrude on sensitive information to students and their families. Rather, it is used to identify needs and select appropriate supports for students.

Screening tools are not used to label students and are not used to determine special education eligibility or to make other high stakes decisions. The screening tool is not intended as an assessment of traits or personality and is not a test for identifying psychological disorders or disorders of any type; it is only used as one of multiple data sources to indicate student risk and areas of need.

As always, parent consent is required for students to participate in supplemental or follow-up interventions.

Families with multiple students in the district will need to fill out a permission form for each student. Students will only be given the screener if parents give permission on the form in power school. Parents and guardians must complete a form in their PowerSchool accounts before their students are screened.

The screenings will be conducted in a classroom setting and entail brief questionnaires that students will complete on their laptop computers.

The screener looks at three areas of student behavior: Social, Academic, and Emotional behavior.

The school district is not able to give out specific screener questions due to the screener being a standardized tool. However, here are three sample questions students may see:

• Social Behavior question: I am respectful
Multiple choice answer options:
Never
Sometimes
Often
Almost always


• Academic Behavior question: I like school
Multiple choice answer options: 
Never
Sometimes
Often
Almost always


• Emotional Behavior question: I feel nervous
Multiple choice answer options: 
Never
Sometimes
Often
Almost always


The survey results will be evaluated by the school psychologists and the student support specialist, and will remain confidential. The results will be used to address social emotional needs across the district.

“Follow-up supports for individual students will not occur without parent consent,” said Perkins student support specialist Sarah Hickey.

The social-emotional screenings had been scheduled to occur this school year, and are not a result of the pandemic, Mrs. Hickey said. The screenings also fit into the school district’s recently adopted Strategic Plan’s student development goal.

The use of universal social-emotional learning screenings helps Perkins Schools:
● Provide data-informed and responsive supports to students to improve achievement, attendance, subjective well-being, positive peer relationships, and positive decision-making;
● Measure the overall effectiveness of the district’s curriculum to meet our students’ needs and the effectiveness of prevention and intervention services across all grades; and
● Guide professional development priorities for teachers, staff, and administrators.

Parents or guardians will need to fill out a form in their Parent Portal of their children’s PowerSchool account. To do so, parents can log into the Parent Portal, click on the Forms button, scroll down to the Social-Emotional Screener header.

There, click on the Quick Fact Sheet and review the instructions and click the Submit button. Parents will then need to complete the Permission to Participate form.

There also is an Opt-Out option, if parents or guardians do not want their students to participate. Please complete the permission form by Friday, October 16, 2020.

Parents and guardians will questions about the screening process can contact Mrs. Hickey via email.

A fact sheet with more information about the Social-Emotional Screening can be downloaded here.