Using Cost-Effectiveness to Evaluate Academic Screening Models

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify the core concepts of economic evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis.
  2. identify the steps that would be necessary to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis of a universal screening program in their own locality.
  3. interpret the results of a cost-effectiveness analysis and present information to key stakeholders.


A cost-effectiveness analysis examined four approaches to academic screening in reading across fourth through eighth grades in a large suburban school district. Screening models included prior year statewide achievement test data, a curriculum-based measure alone (aimswebPlus), a gated model, and a multivariate model. Attendees will be walked through the process of systematically understanding cost and effectiveness data in academic screening to help administrators make informed decisions when allocating resources in an MTSS model.



Benjamin J. Paly, University of Texas at Austin
David A. Klingbeil, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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