Parent Message: Universal Screening Tool to Assess Student Needs

Parent Message: Universal Screening Tool to Assess Student Needs

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 1st grade, 4th grade, and 7th grade this school year with the intention of expanding to all grade levels in the 2023-2024 school year. This means that teachers will be completing a universal screening to assess the social, academic, and emotional learning skills of the students. In addition, 4th graders and 7th 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 provide us with the opportunity to assist students who may need additional support with social, academic, and emotional learning. 

The SAEBRS will be completed by teachers in 1st, 4th, and 7th grade as well as students in 4th and 7th grade during the week of November 14, 2022.  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 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.  


John Deiter, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools