Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS)

The Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) Rating Scales is a targeted assessment system for individuals or small groups sold through Pearson. It assesses a variety of social skills and academic competencies, and screens for potential problem behaviors or academic difficulties. There are both digital and paper versions which can be completed by students, parents, and/or teachers (but the student form is only appropriate for children ages 8 and up).


Self Management,
Self Awareness,
Relationship Management,
Social Awareness

Social Skills: Communication, Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Engagement, Self-control;

Academic Competence: Reading achievement, Math achievement, Motivation to learn;

Problem Behaviors: Externalizing, Bullying, Hyperactivity and inattention, Internalizing, Autism Spectrum

1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade

Administration Information

10-25 Minutes

Pearson Qualification Level B required for purchase


Access and Use


Prices range from $57.75 to $71.75

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Open Access
Use in Research

Charlton, C. T., Kellems, R. O., Black, B., Bussey, H. C., Ferguson, R., Goncalves, B., Jensen, M., & Vallejo, S. (2020). Effectiveness of avatar-delivered instruction on social initiations by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 71.

Leaf, J. B., Taubman, M., Leaf, J., Dale, S., Tsuji, K., Kassardjian, A. Alcalay, A., Milne, C., Mitchell, E., Townley-Cochran, D., Leaf, R., & McEachin, J. (2015). Teaching Social Interaction Skills Using Cool Versus Not Cool. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 37(4), 321–334.

McVey, A. J., Dolan, B. K., Willar, K. S., Pleiss, S., Karst, J. S., Casnar, C. L., Caiozzo, C., Vogt, E., Gordon, N., & Van Hecke, A. V. (2016). A replication and extension of the PEERS® for young adults social skills intervention: Examining effects on social skills and social anxiety in young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(12), 3739-3754.

Neuhaus, E., Bernier, R., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2014). Brief report: social skills, internalizing and externalizing symptoms, and respiratory sinus arrhythmia in autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(3), 730-737.

Rupp, S., Elliott, S. N., & Gresham, F. M. (2018). Assessing elementary students' bullying and related social behaviors: Cross-informant consistency across school and home environments. Children and Youth Services Review, 93, 458-466.


Computer scoring,
Manual scoring
Psychometric References

Cheung, P. P. P., Siu, A. M. H., & Brown, T. (2017). Measuring social skills of children and adolescents in a Chinese population: Preliminary evidence on the reliability and validity of the translated Chinese version of the Social Skills Improvement System-Rating Scales (SSIS-RS-C). Research in Developmental Disabilities, 60, 187–197.

Gresham, F. M., Elliott, S. N., Vance, M. J., & Cook, C. R. (2011). Comparability of the Social Skills Rating System to the Social Skills Improvement System: Content and psychometric comparisons across elementary and secondary age levels. School Psychology Quarterly, 26(1), 27. 

Gresham, F., Elliott, S., Metallo, S., Byrd, S., Wilson, E., Erickson, M., ... & Altman, R. (2020). Psychometric fundamentals of the social skills improvement system: Social–emotional learning edition rating forms. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 45(3), 194-209. 

Panayiotou, M., Santos, J., Black, L., & Humphrey, N. (2020). Exploring the Dimensionality of the Social Skills Improvement System Using Exploratory Graph Analysis and Bifactor-(S− 1) Modeling. Assessment. 

Sherbow, A., Kettler, R. J., Elliott, S. N., Davies, M., & Dembitzer, L. (2015). Using the SSIS assessments with Australian students: A comparative analysis of test psychometrics to the US normative sample. School Psychology International, 36(3), 313-321.

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