If your school is using the Student Risk Screening Scale for Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors (SRSS-IE) as your universal behavior screener, it is recommended that it is completed for all students in the fall, winter, and spring. After each time point, it is important to make sure your team knows how to use these data. Here are four ways for your team to use the SRSS-IE data.
Assess Overall School Risk and Effectiveness of Tier I Plan
Part of completing the SRSS-IE is compiling all of the data into a master spreadsheet. This generates your school-wide risk percentages so you know the percentage of students screened at low risk, moderate risk, and high risk for both internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Your team should share your school-wide percentages with your faculty and staff so everyone is aware of how this school-wide data informs your plan. When reviewing your data, there are two questions to consider:
- How does our data compare to the goal of 80% of our students falling within the low risk range?
- What elements of prevention or adjustments to your Tier I plan need to be made if less than 80% of your students are falling within the low risk range.
As your team reviews these percentages, it should be noted how these percentages compare to the same time point the previous year(s). For example, your team can compare your Spring 2021 school-wide risk percentages to your Spring 2020 school-wide risk percentages to gather information about the effectiveness of your Tier I plan. One way to assess if students are benefiting from Tier I support is to see if the percentage of students at low risk for internalizing and externalizing behavior has increased. For example, you can summarize this to your staff by saying, “the percentage of school-wide students at low risk for externalizing problem behaviors increased from 73% to 78% between Spring 2020 and Spring 2021.” This helps confirm students are responding positively to your Tier I support!
Identify Students for Tier II or Tier III Interventions
SRSS-IE data can also be used, along with other pieces of data, to identify students who may need additional interventions and supports. Universal behavior screener data should be discussed as part of regularly scheduled data team meetings. These data should be considered along with multiple sources of both academic and behavior data to place students in appropriate interventions with the help of Tier II and Tier III intervention grids. SRSS-IE data can also be used, along with other pieces of data, to determine if a student is ready to graduate from an intervention.
Inform End of the Year Planning
At the end of the year, SRSS-IE data can be used to evaluate your plan and determine if any additional school-wide, small group, or individual interventions need to be offered the following school year. For example, our March Implementor Spotlight, Sequatchie County Middle, used their SRSS-IE data to develop a school-wide intervention to teach coping skills. Your school-wide risk percentages can help inform how well all students responded to school-wide interventions, but your SRSS-IE data can also be further broken down by grade level to see if there are any differences across age groups. This is helpful as you prepare faculty and staff on how to best support the upcoming grade level.
Share Data with Staff
Your faculty and staff implement your interventions and collect the screener data, so they should be aware of how the data is used. The triangles are a great visual to show your school-wide percentages, and they do not include any student-specific data. Be sure to share data with your faculty and staff to show improvements over time!