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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUCCESS PROFILE DIMENSIONS
A Brief Overview of ESSP Dimensions

Social Environment

Neighborhood

Neighbors Who Care (C1-C7; P22a-g)
Seven items on the ESSP for Children assess the child's perception that adults in the neighborhood care about the child, are responsive to the child, and watch out for the child.

Seven questions on the ESSP for Parents assess the parent's perception that adults in the neighborhood care about children in the neighborhood, look out for children in the neighborhood, look out for each other, and work together to improve the neighborhood.

A Good Place to Live (P23a-d)
Four questions on the ESSP for Parents assess whether the parent likes the neighborhood, feels safe, and trusts others who live in the neighborhood.

Neighborhood Safety (P21a-g)
Seven questions on the ESSP for Parents ask the parent to report on the incidence in the past 30 days of 6 types of criminal activity in the neighborhood and whether a child in the neighborhood was removed from the home because of neglect or abuse.

Teens Have Positive Behaviors (P24a-j)
Ten items on the ESSP for Parents assess parent's perception of whether most teens in the neighborhood engage in prosocial behaviors, such as doing well in school, and showing respect to adults, or negative behaviors, such as using substances, belonging in gangs, or carrying weapons.

School

Teachers Who Care (C17-C22, P28-P30)
Six items on the ESSP for Children assess the child's perception that the teacher is responsive to him or her in the classroom and cares about him or her.

Three items on the ESSP for Parents assess the parent's perception that the child's teacher cares about the child, wants the child to do well, and would contact the parent if the teacher had a concern or question about the child.

A Fun Place to Learn (C8-C11)
Four items on the ESSP for Children assess whether the child looks forward to going to school and learning new things.

A Fun Place to be with Other Children (C12-C16)
Five items on the ESSP for Children assess whether the child has friends to talk to, play with, and go to lunch with at school, and whether the child looks forward to being with other children at school.

Friends

Friends Who Care (C24-C28)
Five questions on the ESSP for Children assess whether the child believes his or her friends are emotionally supportive and fun to play with.

Accepted By Other Children (C29-C35)
Seven questions on the ESSP for Children assess the child's perception of how he or she is treated by other children, e.g., do other kids tease, make fun of, or exclude the child from play.

Friends Have Good Behavior (C36-C44)
Nine questions on the ESSP for Children assess the child's perception that his or her friends engage in negative behaviors, such as fighting, hitting other kids, and telling lies, and positive behaviors, such as helping adults and following the rules.

Family

Family Who Care (C45-C52; P49a-f)
Eight items on the ESSP for Children assess the child's perception that his or her family is emotionally supportive, and that adults at home make him or her feel special and are responsive when the child is upset.

Six items on the ESSP for Parents assess the parent's perception that family members are supportive and caring of each other, and have fun together.

Warmth and Encouragement (P48a-e)
Five items on the ESSP for Parents assess the parent's perception that he or she makes the child feel special, praises and encourages him or her, and is responsive when the child is worried or upset.

Positive Parenting (P51a-g)
Seven items on the ESSP for Parents assess the parent's perception of discipline strategies used in the home. The parent is asked, for example, if he or she rewards good behavior, uses "time outs," and listens to the child's side before deciding on punishment.

Positive Sibling Relationships (P50a-c)
Three questions on the ESSP for Parents are used to assess the parent's perception of how the child gets along with siblings.

Parent Education Involvement

Involvement at School (P34a-f, T15b-g)
Six questions on the ESSP for Parents assess the parent's report of how often he or she contacts the child's teacher and goes the school for different events or purposes.

Six questions on ESSP for Teachers assess the teacher's perception of how often the parents contacts the teacher, comes to the school for different events or purposes.

Involvement at Home (P35a-f)
Six items on the ESSP for Parents assess how often the parent talks to the child about school, helps with homework, and praises the child for working hard at school.

Home Learning Activities (P36a-d)
Four items on the ESSP for Parents assess how often the parents limits the child's non-educational activities and encourages educational activities at home.

Well-Being and Performance

Health and Well-Being

Good Physical Health (C54-C61)
Eight items on the ESSP for Children assess the child's perception of his or her health (e.g., toothaches, headaches, stomachaches, ability to sleep), vision, and hearing.

Positive Feelings About Self (C62-C69)
Eight items on the ESSP for Children assess the child's perception of his or her competence and involvement in different domains-e.g., friendships, art, sports, music.

Good Adjustment (C70-C75)
Six items on the ESSP for Children assess the child's feelings of being confused, uncared for, alone, or scared.

Knows Where to Get Support (C77-C83)
Seven items on the ESSP for Children assess the child's perception that people are available and willing to give him or her emotional, instrumental, and moral support.

Social Behavior at Home and School

Is Sociable with Other Children (P37a-f; T11a-f)
Six items on the ESSP for Parents assess the parent's perception of how often the child is well-liked, friendly, and engages with other children in play outside of school.

Six items on the ESSP for Teachers assess the teacher's perception of how often the child is well-liked, friendly, and engages with other students in play at school.

Uses Good Social Skills (P38a-i; T12a-i)
Nine items on the ESSP for Parents assess the parent's perception of how often the child knows how to be a good playmate, uses good social skills, and is nice to other children outside of school.

Nine items on the ESSP for Teachers assess the teacher's perception of how often the child knows how to be a good playmate, uses good social skills, and is nice to other students at school.

Interacts Peacefully (P39a-d; T14a-d)
Four items on the ESSP for Parents assess the parent's perception of how often the child engages in aggressive behaviors outside of school.

Four items on the ESSP for Teachers assess the teacher's perception of how often the child engages in aggressive behaviors at school.

School Performance

Working At or Above Grade Level: Reading (T3a)
One item on the ESSP for Teachers assess the teacher's report of the child's current performance in Reading as being at, above, or below grade level.

Working At or Above Grade Level: Math (T3b)
One item on the ESSP for Teachers assess the teacher's report of the child's current performance in Math as being at, above, or below grade level.

Good Attendance (T7)
One item on the ESSP for Teachers assess the teacher's report of how often the child is absent in a typical month.

Tries To Be a Good Learner (T13a-h)
Twelve questions on the ESSP for Teachers assess the teacher's perception of the child's classroom learning behavior, for example, how often the child works well alone, pays attention, works hard, and is eager to learn.

Note: Scores on these dimensions are reported for individual children on the Individual Profile. Average scores for these dimensions for all children at a school who took the ESSP are reported on the Group Profile, and the percentage of children with "at risk" scores (below 60% of the maximum possible positive score) are reported on the Risk Report. Aggregate scores on single items on the ESSP for Children, Parents, and Teachers are provided in the Detailed Group Report.







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