The Student Risk Screening Scale for Early Childhood: Additional Validation Studies

Kathleen Lynne Lane, Mark Matthew Buckman, Eric Alan Common, Wendy Peia Oakes, Nathan Allen Lane, Christopher Schatschneider, Paloma Perez-Clark, Rebecca L. Sherod, Holly Mariah Menzies

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We report findings of two validation studies of the Student Risk Screening Scale for Early Childhood (SRSS-EC). Although previous exploratory inquiry suggested a two-factor solution, results of Study 1 conducted with 274 preschool-age youth suggested mixed support for a two-factor model, with only one fit index suggesting an adequate fit (incremental index, comparative fit index [CFI] = 0.963). However, results did provide additional evidence of convergent validity between SRSS-EC and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire scores. In Study 2, results of convergent validity studies with 90 preschool-age children offered evidence between SRSS-EC and (a) Social Skills Improvement System–Performance Screening Guide and (b) Caregiver–Teacher Report Form (C-TRF) scores. Results suggested the following cutting scores: SRSS-EC E7 (0–5 low, 6–7 moderate, 8–21 high risk) and SRSS-EC I4 (0–2 low, 3–4 moderate, and 5–12 high risk), with C-TRF scores as the criterion. We discuss limitations and directions for future inquiry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-146
Number of pages18
JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • externalizing
  • internalizing
  • preschool
  • systematic screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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