The BESS is a screening tool published by Pearson for schools to determine student strengths and weaknesses in their child's behavioral and emotional well being. This tool is short in duration and is written in such a way that the student report form can be used by students ages 8 through 18 (3rd through 12th grade). The tool yields a risk score in three domain areas of:
- Self Regulation
- Personal Adjustment
These three areas are combined into what is referred to as a Behavioral and Emotional Risk Index. In both the sub domains and the Behavioral and Emotional Risk Index, the tool uses the responses to the questions asked of the students to yield a risk score of Normal Risk, Elevated Risk, or Extremely Elevated Risk.
To understand how the Bethel Park School District is using the BESS in its support of students' behavioral and emotional health, please see the presentation slides that were presented to Bethel Park parents/guardians in an informational video and are published for you here.