Examining Measurement Invariance of Universal Screening Across Student Identities

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about the importance of examining school-based measures for equity across student identities.
  2. identify how various student identities compare across groups on a social, emotional, and behavioral screening measure.
  3. understand how to examine measurement invariance using statistical methods.


The present study evaluated the factor stability of a social, emotional, and behavioral universal screening tool using measurement invariance techniques across student identities, including race, gender, and disability status. Analyses are conducted using data from 30,183 students in grades K–12 from 68 schools in the large urban district in the Northeastern U.S. Our poster allows for discussion of equity in education, comparing student identities across a screening tool, and examining measurement invariance through statistical techniques.



Anna Whitehouse, University of Massachusetts - Boston
Brian Daniels, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Jill S. Battal, Boston Public Schools
Melissa Pearrow, University of Massachusetts-Boston


Amy Kaye, PhD


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