ERIC Number: ED326820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Student Assistance Programs in Pennsylvania.
Swisher, John D.; And Others
Student Assistance Programs (SAPs) are considered an effective intervention for at-risk students. School faculty and staff are trained to identify and refer students whose personal and/or academic behaviors change in a problematic way. Once identified, the students are provided special services which include referral to community agencies for additional help. Pennsylvania initiated intensive training of SAP teams to coordinate secondary school SAPs in 1984. SAP teams are currently represented in almost every senior high school across the state. An evaluation was conducted on the first 69 teams trained between 1986 and 1988, assessing perceptions of SAP training, SAP implementation, and school-wide SAP impact on student behavior. Separate surveys were completed by SAP coordinators, core team members, and non-core team members. The results indicated that one-half of the coordinators were school administrators. The problems most frequently called to the attention of SAP teams included substance abuse, poor grades, depression, and discipline. Teachers were the primary source of referrals. In general, the core team members rated their training very highly. Training and implementation of SAPs reportedly has run smoothly for most schools and there was a perception among respondents that SAPs had a positive impact on students. This report presents findings from the evaluation, including a results section with 47 data tables; a description of the school-wide impact analysis; references; and appendices of survey instruments and relevant materials. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services.
Identifiers: Student Assistance Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual American School Counselor Association Elementary/Middle/Secondary School Guidance Conference (21st, Pittsburgh, PA, June 30-July 3, 1990).