Social-Emotional and Behavior Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring

Social-emotional skills and behavior have a strong influence over academic achievement. Therefore, it’s important to assess both academic and social-emotional behavior (SEB) skills in students. The two most important SEB assessments are universal screening and progress monitoring. Deep-dive into the purpose of these assessments and choosing the most reliable measures for both.


This whitepaper covers:

  • The purpose of each assessment within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that addresses SEB functioning
  • The various types of screening and progress monitoring tools
  • Key characteristics of the most reliable assessments for universal screening and progress monitoring of SEB functioning

About the Author


Dr. Stephen Kilgus is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kilgus’ research is in the area of school mental health, with a focus on both assessment and intervention. He has authored and contributed to the development of a number of assessments, including the Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS), Direct Behavior Ratings (DBRs), and the Intervention Selection Profile (ISP). Dr. Kilgus is also a co-author of the Resilience Education Program (REP), a brief intervention for students at-risk for internalizing concerns (e.g., depression and anxiety). He is currently a primary or co-principal investigator for three Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded grants concerning the developing and testing of Tier 2 intervention practices.

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