Universal Screening

  • Best practice and federal education policy (e.g., Every Student Succeeds Act) asks schools to routinely monitor all students’ academic, physical, social, emotional, and behavioral development. One way to accomplish this task is to engage in universal screening, which is the process of administering a brief assessment/survey to all students to gather information about their experiences and skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What universal screening survey does the Public Schools of Brookline use?

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    To help educators understand the strengths and needs of students, we utilize a survey that was developed by Panorama Education. The survey is designed to be completed by students in grades 3 to 12 and measures the following areas:

    • Self-Efficacy
    • Emotional Regulation
    • Social Awareness
    • Positive Feelings
    • Negative Feelings
    • School Connectedness
    • Supportive Relationships

    Please note that the survey does not measure or ask questions about engagement in risk-task behavior (e.g., substance use), safety, or mental health diagnoses. Links to the survey can be found at the bottom of this page.

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  • What does screening consist of?

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    Three times during the 2021-2022 school year (late October, late January, late April) students will be offered the opportunity to complete the survey at school on a computer, tablet, or phone. On average, students complete the survey in about 8 minutes.

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  • What will PSB do with the results of the student surveys?

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    After completing the survey, school staff will review the results to better understand the strengths and needs of students at the building, grade, and individual level. This information is critical in reviewing, evaluating, and improving our SEL programming. For example, the results of the survey can inform building-level initiatives, help design whole class practices and instruction, and/or identify targeted supports for small groups of students.


    In conjunction with other sources of information, the results of the survey might be used to help identify additional strategies and supports that will benefit your child. However, it is important to highlight that the survey does not meet the psychometric standards to be diagnostic. Because of this, this information cannot be used to evaluate your child’s eligibility for supports or services under a Section 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Plan.

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  • What about PreK-Grade 2?

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    PreK teachers will complete a similar but shorter survey about students in their class in late October, late January, and late April. This information will help teachers better understand their students’ social and emotional development throughout the year. 

    For students in kindergarten through 2nd grade, the district will offer parents the opportunity to complete a similar survey on behalf of their child(ren).  Due to developmental readiness it can be more challenging to secure information directly from younger children. Research has shown that parent-completed surveys are effective for understanding a child’s SEL development.

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  • What if I don’t want my child to complete the universal screening survey?

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    Completing the universal screening is optional. If you are not comfortable with your child completing the surveys, you are allowed to opt them out. To opt out, please complete the Opt-Out Form by October 18th, 2021. If you elect to opt out your child out of surveying, they will be provided with an independent activity to engage in while students complete the surveys. Prior to completing the survey, students are also told that they may opt out on their own.  


    The surveys can be found below.


    The Opt-Out Form can be found by clicking the link below. 

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  • Please contact Maria Letasz, Director of Guidance and Clinical Services, PreK-12 (maria_letasz@psbma.org, 617-308-6400) or Matt DuBois, Assistant Director of Guidance, Clinical Services, and Social-Emotional Learning (matthew_dubois@psbma.org, 617-730-2433) with any questions.