Score Reliability and Validity of the Student Risk Screening Scale: A Psychometrically Sound, Feasible Tool for Use in Urban Elementary Schools

Robin Parks Ennis, Kathleen Lynne Lane, Wendy Peia Oakes

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In this article we examine the psychometric properties of the Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS) for use in diverse, urban elementary schools. Results of two studies suggest strong internal consistency and test-retest reliability. Both studies also suggest strong convergent validity with other psychometrically sound, systematic screeners including the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (Study 1) and the Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders (Study 2). In addition, both studies suggest initial SRSS scores predict (a) suspension rates for students in kindergarten through fourth grades and (b) performance on state achievement tests for third grade students. Limitations and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-259
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012



  • at-risk students
  • positive behavior interventions and support
  • systematic screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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