Welcome to the School Success Profile!
Informing Intervention and Prevention Strategies through Assessment
The School Success Profile (SSP) is a powerful and comprehensive assessment tool for promoting academic performance and closing the achievement gap. Please take a moment to browse our Web site to learn how the SSP might be beneficial to your school or program.
more about the SSP project
that develops and manages it. We work with several
, including Communities In Schools.
for further information about administration and pricing details.
The SSP, ESSP, and SSP-Learning Organization assessment tools are now available
through our partner company, Flying Bridge Technologies (
New version of the SSP-LO
A new version of the SSP-LO was released in the fall of
2008. The new SSP-LO introduces new features, including a leadership profile
with four dimensions of leadership. We will continue to offer the SSP-LO in hard
copy format. Attached is the 2008 version of the SSP-LO.
See a copy of the 2008 SSP-LO
See a copy of the SSP-LO
See a copy of the SSP-LO Detailed
New version of the SSP
The SSP team will soon release an updated online version of the SSP survey, in which people can design their own survey by selecting the scales
and dimensions they want the survey to include. Some of the new summary scales
include: Academic Rigor, Academic Relevancy, Micro Interactions, Religious
Orientation, Physical Difficulties, Physical Health, and Success Orientation.
The SSP will be offered for online administration.
Additionally, the SSP team has developed SSP surveys for
Parents and Teachers (the SSP-P and SSP-T). These surveys are available in hard
copy. Hard copy versions of the new SSP and the SSP-Teachers and SSP-Parents are
attached for reference.
See a copy of the 2008 SSP
See a copy of the 2008 SSP-Parent
See a copy of the 2008 SSP-Teacher
SSP Arrives in Durham, NC
Dr. Gary Bowen, Kenan Distinguished Professor, is
consulting with the board and faculty and staff of the Durham Nativity School
(DNS) in Durham, North Carolina, a tuition-free, faith-based private middle
school for sixth-through eighth-grade boys of low socioeconomic status. The
primary aim of the Nativity School is to identify and implement school- and
community-based strategies to increase the extent to which parents are fully
engaged in the educational lives of their children who attend the school.
Strategies will be determined in full concert with parents, students, faculty
and staff, and community stakeholders through the use of a strategic visioning
process. A secondary aim is to promote the culture of the school as a learning
organization. The hope is that long after the completion of the school
improvement effort, the school will continue to function as a learning
organization and persist in creating innovative solutions to problems. The
initiative is currently underway, although it is likely that project will
continue beyond the 2007-2008 academic year.
Dr. Joe Moylan, President, DNS Board of Directors,
requested Dr. BowenвЂ™s assistance with the school improvement effort. Dr. Moylan,
who is a retired physician from Duke University Medical Center, founded the
school with his wife, Ann, in 2002. According to Dr. Bowen, the School of Social
Work is committed to working in partnership with community schools, like the
Durham Nativity School, in order to design, implement and evaluate interventions
that promote social justice and the ability of all children and youth to succeed
in life. The invitation to become a partner in the Durham Nativity SchoolвЂ™s
initiative is consistent with both the School of Social WorkвЂ™s mission to
provide leadership in addressing social problems and the obligations and
commitment of a public university to community service.
The School Success Profile (SSP) is the core component of
pre and post assessments. In addition, specialty SSP forms have been developed
and administered to parents and to teachers to augment the information gathered
about the studentsвЂ™ perceptions. The parent form includes a Parent-School
Partnership scale. The School Success Profile Learning Organization assessment
tool has been administered to school employees to assess and monitor 12
organizational capacity indicators that have been associated with the
functioning of schools as learning organizations.
Dr. Gary Shaffer, Associate Professor, is working with Dr. Bowen on the
project. MSW student assistant, Rebecca Branovacki, and School Success Profile (SSP)
research assistant, Brenden Miller, are assisting Drs. Bowen and Shaffer. The
Twelve Labours Foundation provided partial funding for the project. For more
details about the project, please contact
The SSP is a fine product
and, if properly presented, it is a convincing strategy to any school district and CIS organization seeking a more complete assessment and understanding of their students and those forces affecting their studentsвЂ™ success in school.вЂќ
- Neil Shorthouse, State Director, CIS of Georgia
The entire SSP process has greatly changed the way we are looking at school improvement
We must develop plans that engage the entire community and look at the needs of students in the context of school, home and community to ensure that all students are challenged, nurtured and successful.
- John Ringo, Area Assistant Superintendent, Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC
The development of the SSP was supported by the BellSouth
Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,
the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and in partnership with Communities In Schools, Inc.