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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.

Learn more about the SSP project and the team that develops and manages it. We work with several partner organizations , including Communities In Schools.

Contact us 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 ( )

What's New

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 Summary Report .
See a copy of the SSP-LO Detailed Item Report .

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
March 2008

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. Bowen’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 School’s initiative is consistent with both the School of Social Work’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 students’ 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 [email protected] .

" 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 students’ success in school.”
- Neil Shorthouse, State Director, CIS of Georgia

John Ringo and a student examine an SSP report. " 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.

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