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Elementary SSP Child Form
Description of Child Form

What Is the ESSP Child Form Like?

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The ESSP For Children is an online questionnaire with colorful graphics and brief animations. Children enjoy completing the ESSP. Items on the ESSP for Children are presented as statements, not questions, so children know they are not completing a test. One item appears on the screen at a time. Animations, graphics, large print, large response option buttons, and figures who march across the bottom of the screen to show the child's progress through the ESSP make the program engaging to children. Children can elect at the beginning of the ESSP to complete it in Spanish. They can also choose at any time to have instructions or items read aloud to them. The ESSP for Children contains 83 items.

It takes most children less than 20 minutes to complete the ESSP. Before children start taking the ESSP, school staff must open the program on the computer, enter the child's ID number (the number that links the child's information to information collected from his or her parent and teacher), and go through several instruction screens with the child. The ESSP for Children can be administered individually or in groups. The only limitation on group size is the number of computers in the school's computer lab. Headsets are recommended for children who will take the entire ESSP using the audio feature.

What Kinds of Questions Are Asked of Children?

Children are asked the kinds of questions that they can answer best--that is, questions about how they perceive the world around them and how they feel. They are asked what they think about their neighborhood and how adults in the neighborhood respond to them. They are asked how they feel about other children at school, learning at school, and how their teacher responds to them. They are asked about their friendships and how their friends behave. They are asked about relationships with members of their family. They are also asked about a number of physical complaints, how they feel about themselves, and whether or not they ever feel lonely or scared.

What Happens to the Information from Children?

Data from the ESSP for Children is transferred anonymously and automatically to a computer database where it is combined with parent and teacher data to generate the Individual Profile, Summary Group Profile, Risk Report and Detailed Group Report. The Profiles summarize information from all three sources. Individual Profiles have only a number on them. Only school staff involved with the ESSP administration know which number belongs to which child. The group level reports also have no individual identifying information and provide only aggregated data.

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