Social–Emotional Functioning and Achievement: The Mediating Effect of School Engagement

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify relationships among social–emotional-behavioral functioning, school discipline, attendance, and achievement.
  2. understand the utility and rationale for the Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) to identify SEB risk.
  3. recognize the applications of statistical modeling to complex practical issues.


Social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) concerns predict negative academic outcomes. Additionally, evidence shows that student demographics, student discipline, and school engagement are associated with both SEB functioning and academic outcomes. In this poster presentation, a structural equation model is used to evaluate the relationships among these predictors and achievement. Preliminary results demonstrate direct effects of academic enablers and total SEB functioning on achievement; this association is partially mediated by office disciplinary referrals and attendance.



Miranda R. Zahn, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Stephen P. Kilgus, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Katie Eklund, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nathaniel von der Embse, PhD, University of South Florida


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