The School Board of Broward County in partnership with Terrace Metrics, Inc. is proud to provide an innovative assessment service to students and families. This assessment is designed to examine the social/emotional strengths and needs of students at participating schools (Boyd H. Anderson High School, Deerfield Beach High School, Dillard 6-12, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School).
What are the Benefits of the Survey?
Research shows that schools play an important role in raising healthy children through the measurement and teaching of social emotional skills. Data from this comprehensive assessment tool gives us the ability to flag students who may be in need of intervention. Further, we would be able to identify students with strong social-emotional development. In addition, the data will help us design, implement and evaluate small group interventions that address specific student needs, as well as opportunities for students to enhance their personal strengths. Most importantly, this tool allows us to examine the needs of the WHOLE STUDENT, in combination with academic and other non-cognitive data.
What Should I Know as a Parent or Guardian?
- First, to ensure that we get the highest participation rate possible, passive consent will be used. What this means is that if you do not wish to have your child participate, you must completean opt-out form provided by your child's school.
- Second, the data is de-identified, that is, all scoring and coding of data is done using student ID numbers. Your child will not enter any personal information when completing the assessment.
- Third, only designated members of our school’s response team will have access to your child’s individual report. Teachers will not have access to individual data.
- Fourth, the assessment is not a diagnostic tool nor an evaluation, and no information from this assessment will be placed into your child’s education file. The purpose of this service is to inform us of how each student is functioning within specific resiliency/risk indicators.
- Fifth, you will receive a customized, easy to follow report of your child’s results, along with specific recommendations that correspond with the findings. You will receive this report via the email that is attached to your child’s Clever account.
- Sixth, the school will not allow the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or for selling that information (or otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose).
- Finally, the tool itself is brief (approximately 10-15 minutes). It will be administered by a mental health professional who will remain in class until all screeners have been completed.
What Areas are Assessed?
- Global Life Satisfaction: Overall assessment of feelings and attitudes about one's life at a particular point in time, ranging from negative to positive.
- Positive School Experiences: Assessment of a student’s experiences with their learning, as well as their overall interactions with school personnel.
- School Victimization Scale: First presents a definition of bullying so that students understand what/what does not meet criteria. The student is then asked if they have been victimized or have victimized others during the current school year. The scale assesses frequency of different types of victimization (e.g., physical, social).
- Social Ostracism Scale: Items reflect the degree of perceived social isolation. The scale measures two forms of ostracism: ignoring (paying no attention to the student) or excluding (acknowledging the student but choosing not to interact with them).
- Grit Scale: Assesses the level of commitment (and tenacity) to achieve a long-term goal.
- Generalized Anxiety Scale: 7 item, self-reported questionnaire for screening and severity of anxiety.
- Children’s Hope Scale: Assesses goal-directed thinking in which the student has the perceived capacity to find routes to goals (pathways thinking), and the motivation to use those routes (agency thinking).
- Depression: The scale is a multipurpose instrument for screening and assessing the severity of depression symptoms. The scale also includes an item that assesses thoughts of self-harm.
- Resiliency: This scale assesses the degree to which individuals possessed both the intrapersonal and interpersonal resources needed to overcome adversity.
- Child and Adolescent Leadership Scale: This scale assesses students’ perceptions of their ability to influence others.
- Personal Standards: This scale assesses the expectations that a student has about their personal abilities.
- Self-Criticism: This scale assesses difficulties accepting mistakes and overly focusing on one’s perceived faults.
If you have any further questions, please contact your child's school.