Measuring Self-Regulation and Social Skills​

The Child Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS) measures a student’s behavior with peers and adults, as well as their engagement with materials and tasks in the classroom.​

A Brief Overview​

VKRP uses the Child Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS), a short rating scale that teachers complete to measure two areas of student’s social-emotional skills: self-regulation and social skills.

Self-regulation focuses on the skills to control one’s own attention, emotions, and behaviors to cope with the demands of the school environment. Examples include being able to follow directions, and staying focused on tasks.

Social skills include the ability to navigate interactions and relationships with peers and adults successfully. Examples include cooperating in a group, and resolving conflicts in a positive way. VKRP uses the CBRS to measure these two skills because it’s reliable and valid across culturally diverse contexts.

More Details

Our CBRS overview guide provides more information about the measure, its development over time, and its psychometric properties.

Get to Know the CBRS

This short video highlights the importance of early social-emotional development and how the Child Behavior Rating Scale helps measure these critical skills.

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CBRS at a Glance​

The Logistics

Takes approximately 3 minutes to complete per child and is completed twice during the kindergarten school year, in fall and spring.

The Items

Includes a set of 17 items that are assessed with a rating scale from 1 to 5 to determine the frequency of certain behaviors. Ten items measure self-regulation and seven items measure social skills.

CBRS at a Glance​

Completed by the teacher outside of instructional time, and is based on the teacher's observations of the child's behavior with other children and adults, as well as materials and tasks in the classroom.