UMass Center for School Counseling Outcome Research Awarded Institute of Educational Sciences Grant

Amherst, MA - April 20, 2011 - The Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CSCORE) in the College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University, was recently awarded an Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) grant for the project: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Student Success Skills: A Program to Improve Academic Achievement for All Students Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning. The total grant award is approximately $2.7 million for the four-year project.

Dr. John Carey, Professor of School Counseling and Director of CSCORE, will serve as co-principal investigator for the project and will supervise operations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst including instrument development, maintenance of longitudinal data sets, and analysis of data. Dr. Craig Wells, Associate Professor in Research and Evaluation Methods Program and Assistant Director of the Center for Educational Assessment and Dr. Aline Sayer, Associate Professor in Psychology, will serve as statistical consultants for the project. Karen Harrington, Assistant Director at CSCORE, will act as project coordinator for all UMass-related activities. Public schools in Duval County and Palm Beach, Florida will be the school-based research partners for this project.

IES is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Its mission is to provide rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information broadly. IES has helped raise the bar for all education research and evaluation by conducting peer-reviewed scientific studies, demanding high standards, and supporting and training researchers across the country. IES funds top educational reseachers nationwide to conduct studies that seek answers on what works for students from preschools to postsecondary. Since its creation by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, IES has transformed the quality and rigor of education research within the Department of Education and increased the demand for scientifically based evidence of effectiveness in the education field as a whole.

Student Success Skills (SSS) is a program designed to teach students fundamental learning, social, and self-management skills to improve student achievement and behavior outcomes. SSS is based on a strong body of theoretical and empirical research and uses developmentally appropriate student lessons, activities, and teaching strategies. The program has been widely used in elementary, middle, and high schools across the country for the past seven years. SSS program developers have to date trained approximately 9,000 school counselors and teachers in fifteen states; in addition, international school counselors working in American Schools in approximately 13 Central and South America countries have received SSS program training.

CSCORE is dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all children through identifying and developing research-based, and effective school counseling practices. CSCORE conducts and disseminates findings from research about career, social/emotional, and academic interventions; provides K-12 leaders and practitioners with information about data-based decision-making, evidence-based practices, and program evaluation; and provides international leadership in the measurement of the outcome of school counseling interventions and programs. CSCORE is currently consulting with two districts that have been awarded Elementary and Seconday School Counseling Demonstration grants to improve their elementary school conseling programs. CSCORE has also recently worked with the Departments of Education from five different states, including Connecticut, Missouri, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Utah, supporting their statewide evaluations of school counseling programs. In addition, CSCORE faculty has conducted an evaluation of the impact of The Real Game curriculum in five school districts across the United States. CSCORE also works extensively with the Massachusetts Department of Education and numerous school districts on implementing research-based school counseling, career counseling, college transitioning, and educational initiatives.


Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation

357 Hills South – College of Education

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Amherst, MA 01003-9308

Phone: (413) 545-3619 or (413) 545-4179
Fax: (413) 545-1523