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Parent Message: K-8 Universal Screening Tool

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Northbrook School District 27 strives to provide all students with the best opportunity to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally in school. As part of this commitment, District 27 is making enhancements to our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for students.  

This school year we will begin implementation of a universal screening tool in each of our school buildings. Our implementation will take place in Kindergarten through 8th grade. This means that teachers will be completing a universal screening to assess the social, academic, and emotional learning skills of the students. In addition, 3rd through 8th graders will be completing a self-assessment. 

The universal tool that is being introduced in the district is the Social Academic and Emotional Behavior Rating Scale (SAEBRS), which focuses on the following areas: 

  • Social (Arguing, Temper Outbursts, Disruptive Behavior) 
  • Emotional (Sadness, Anxiety, Withdrawal, Lack of Resilience)
  • Academic (Academic Engagement, Production of Acceptable Work, Preparedness).

Currently, District 27 supports students with social-emotional learning in many ways, including our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, our Second Step curriculum, and individual/group counseling through student services, for example. The use of universal screening measures will allow us to refine and strengthen our efforts to help all students achieve success by taking positive and preventative measures as early as possible.  This will also allow us to assist students who may need additional support with social, academic, and emotional learning. 

The SAEBRS will be completed by teachers and students in early October and early February. If a screening shows that a student would benefit from additional support, the parents will be contacted and will work in collaboration with the school team to problem-solve and determine the next steps.  

Thank you for your support and assistance in ensuring each of our students has the opportunity to achieve academic and social-emotional success. Please do not hesitate to contact your building principal with any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in this universal screening assessment.  


John Deiter, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools