What data is entered into the behavior screener?

The OCR Agreement has directed the Minneapolis Public Schools to reduce the disproportionate number of students placed in special education. A required element of our effort to reduce disproportion is to conduct academic and behavior screening of all K-8 students and provide general education interventions for students not meeting standards in academics or behavior. The Behavior Screener is the tool our district uses to meet this need in the area of behavior.

The Behavior Screener is completed on CFS in the last week of September by classroom teachers. This 12-item checklist, which was developed by MPS staff, measures how well the student is doing related to:

  • Classroom Behaviors - 4 items:
    • Attends to classroom activities
    • Follows rules
    • Completes work independently 
    • Participation in class
  • Externalizing Behaviors - 4 items:
    • Uses appropriate physical behavior
    • Uses appropriate verbal behavior
    • Respects materials and property 
    • Remains in assigned area
  • Socialization - 4 items:
    • Handles change appropriately
    • Interacts positively with adults
    • Builds positive peer relationships
    • Speaks positively about self

A 5-point rubric is used for each of the 12 items, with “1” being the best rating and “5” being the worst rating. When a student has a total rating above 36 on the Behavior Screener a general education behavior intervention is to be implemented with the student. Follow-up Behavior Screening in the Winter and Spring is only required for those students initially scoring above 36 or for new students.

 

Directions to the Behavior Screener are listed below:

First, review briefly the definitions below. Focus on the anchor points described in bold print. Then read the detailed descriptions for each rating from 1 to 5. Then, use the 5-point scale to judge the extent to which the child displays each of the school and classroom behaviors. On CFS select the number that corresponds most accurately with the child's behavior. The behavior screener is not intended to be exhaustive or to require much of your time. Consequently, you do not need to look at the child's behavioral data or other evaluation information. Instead, use your first inclination of where the child's behavior falls on the checklist.

1 = Almost always displays appropriate school behaviors. The appropriate behavior is observed almost all of the time and there are not concerns regarding the student's behavior in the category.

2 = Regularly displays appropriate school behaviors. The appropriate behavior is observed a majority of the time and there are not concerns regarding the student's behavior in the category.

3 = Sometimes displays the appropriate school behaviors. The appropriate behavior is displayed inconsistently and could be displayed more frequently. There are some concerns regarding the student's behavior in the category.

4 = Occasionally displays appropriate school behaviors. The appropriate behavior is displayed but infrequently and there are concerns regarding the student's behavior in this category.

5 = Rarely displays the appropriate school behavior. The appropriate behavior is not displayed or very rarely displayed in the classroom and there are major concerns regarding the student's behavior in this category.