Direct Behavior Rating (DBR) is in Lab status while enhancements to the user interface are underway. It is available for use by teacher if activated by the District Manager, however, it should be used as a supplementary assessment and not as the sole data for instructional decisions.

The FAST Direct Behavior Rating (DBR) is designed to be used as a progress monitoring measure to complement the use of the FastBridge SAEBRS and mySAEBRS screening assessments. With the DBR, educators can easily determine if social, emotional, and behavioral interventions are working. Designed to be used with students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, the DBR measure involves identifying one or more specific problem behaviors and then observing the student at planned times to record whether these behaviors occur. 


Materials and Procedure

Educators can individualize each DBR to reflect individualized target behaviors for a student. Up to three behaviors per student from social, academic, and emotional domains can be included on each DBR. Monitored behaviors can include those that happen frequently (e.g., shouting out in class) and/or behaviors that the student displays less frequently but are very problematic when they do occur (e.g., throwing objects). All DBR items include a rating of the frequency of the target behavior. Some DBR items also include an intensity rating to indicate if a specific incidence of the behavior is of lower or higher intensity. DBR ratings can be used daily, weekly, or up to every four weeks. 


Conducting Observations

The DBR is designed so that it can be used by classroom teachers without the need for another observer. First, the teacher observes the student during regular classroom instruction. To conduct the observation, the teacher checks in on the student’s behavior on a repeated basis at regular intervals (e.g., every 30 seconds) while attending to his/her other responsibilities. Ideally, the observation period will last between 15 and 30 minutes. 


Rating the Behavior

After the observation, the teacher logs into FastBridge to enter the observation data. Depending on the behavior in question, one or two ratings are completed:


  • Frequency Rating:  This is rated on a 0-10 scale (0 = Never, 10 = Always).

  • Intensity Rating:  This is rated on a 0-5 scale (0 = low, 5 = high).


Scores and Interpretation

DBR ratings are reported using a behavior progress monitoring graph. Educators can view single or multiple behaviors on a graph. With the combination of brief classroom observations, DBR, and the progress monitoring graphs available through FastBridge, educators are able to determine the effects of interventions in a valid, quick, and efficient manner.