Student Success Skills
Initiative Description: 201 8th grade students from 12 classrooms participated in the Student Success Skills (SSS) intervention. Students received the SSS intervention during their 7th grade year as part of their normal school guidance curriculum. Classrooms were randomly assigned to a treatment or delayed treatment/control group. Prior to the beginning of the 8th grade academic year, each social studies class in the district was randomly assigned to a treatment group and a control group. the control and treatment groups were then randomly assigned by classroom to the participating school conselors. After pretesting, school conselors administered the SSS classroom-based psychoeducational group component to the treatment group 1 day a week for 5 weeks. After the 5-week period, all students completed the BRIEF-SR and CASSS for posttest measurements.
Study Results: The SSS intervention was successful in increasing peer connectedness, prosocial behavior, and reading achievement
Reference: Bowers, H., Lemberger, M. E., Jones, M. H., & Rogers, J. E. (2015). The influence of repeated exposure to the Student Success Skills program on middle school students’ feelings of connectedness, behavioral and metacognitive skills, and reading achievement. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 40(4), 344-364. doi:10.1080/01933922.2015.1090511
Level of Evidence: Very Good