Developmental and Social–Emotional Screening of Young Children (0–6 years of age) in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Human Services Minnesota Department of Education Minnesota Department of Health

Screening Instrument Review Process

The Minnesota Interagency Developmental Screening Task Force was convened in spring 2004 to assure the quality and effectiveness of and provide a standard of practice for the developmental component of the screening of children birth to age five. Partners include the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and the University of Minnesota, Irving B. Harris Center for Infant and Toddler Development. The two goals of the Task Force are to:

  • Develop criteria for developmental (cognition, fine and gross motor skills, speech and language) and social–emotional screening tool selection and a listing of recommended and/or approved developmental and social–emotional screening tools; and,
  • Propose an evaluation process on the use of the Minnesota Quality Indicators Framework (PDF: 1.1MB/131 pages) for improving developmental and social–emotional screening for infants and young children.

The criteria used in the review process included:

  • Instrument purpose
  • Developmental areas screened by instrument
  • Population and age span targeted by the instrument
  • Cultural, ethnic, and linguistic sensitivity
  • Validity
  • Reliability
  • Sensitivity
  • Specificity
  • Practicality
  • Minimum expertise of screeners
  • Cost

The Minnesota Interagency Developmental Screening Task Force (Task Force) reserves the right to modify the criteria standards used in the review process of developmental and social–emotional screening instruments. The Task Force will continue to integrate research and evidence–based practice in the review of developmental and social–emotional screening instruments.