The Role of Student Race and Ethnicity on Screening Results

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

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

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand how the Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) performs in regard to diagnostic accuracy and the need for additional research in this arena.
  2. learn about nonparametric receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses as a statistical tool for evaluating diagnostic accuracy.
  3. recognize the need to evaluate diagnostic accuracy within universal screening for social–emotional and behavioral risk in order to determine how results differ based on student race and ethnicity.


Little research has examined the equity with which universal screeners identify students demonstrating social–emotional and behavioral risk. Accordingly, this study examined the diagnostic accuracy of the Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) as moderated by student race/ethnicity. Results indicated borderline to optimal sensitivity and specificity across racial/ethnic subgroups in predicting risk. Furthermore, the accuracy of screening results was similar across Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and White subgroups, suggesting fairness in screening outcomes.



Alexandra J. Barber, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Katie Eklund, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stephen P. Kilgus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bri´Anna Collins, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Madison Eikenmeyer, Brittany Gregory, Kortni Dubose

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