Exploring Social Validity of Universal Behavior Screening in Elementary Schools

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. be familiarized with specific components of social validity.
  2. learn the importance of social validity and its impact on school-based practices.
  3. learn of ways to enhance school personnel’s buy-in and commitment to universal screening efforts.
  4. recognize practitioners’ role in the successful implementation of universal screening and the efforts to promote educator buy-in.
  5. learn about differences in school personnel’s perceptions of universal behavior screening based on their professional roles within the school, grade levels taught, and previous screening experiences.


This study highlights the impact of social validity on universal behavior screening. Sixty school personnel from one district reported their perceptions via an online survey. Although participant ratings of acceptability and feasibility were generally high, usability ratings were mixed. Results demonstrated significant differences in usability scores based on the grade taught and primary role of school personnel and suggested the need for increasing staff buy-in to enhance the quality and accuracy of screening data.



Quynh D. Wellons, Georgia State University


Andrew T. Roach, Emily Graybill


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