School-wide screening can be used to effectively identify students within schools struggling with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD), so that school teams can implement instructional strategies and interventions to provide early and timely supports for all students. While research has explored many aspects of screening within schools, the extant research lacks studies reviewing screening data interpretation process. This research study was designed to investigate how school teams could use a discussion guide to facilitate using their screening data. This involved having school leadership teams answer a series of guiding questions about data from the Student Risk Screening Scale -- Internalizing and Externalizing (SRSS-IE). The SRSS-IE Discussion Guide was presented to teams to use as they reviewed their data and then explored the usefulness of the discussion guide in practical settings. This qualitative study sought to understand feedback from seven teams who used the Discussion Guide during their data interpretation meetings, inviting participants to share what they found helpful and what was not helpful as well as what they might add to the Discussion Guide. Content analysis was used to understand qualitative data gained through focus groups. The results yield a variety of praise for the Discussion Guide, valuing its ability to guide teams through the data analysis process and focusing team discussions. Data from the focus group participants included changing the Discussion Guide to include ideas for strategies and supports that matched student needs, encouraging several meetings to review data and use the discussion guide, and adding charts for further student information organization and exploration in regard to higher risk students.



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David O. McKay School of Education; Counseling Psychology and Special Education



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school-wide screening, data analysis, social emotional learning, school teams



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