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).

Content

Domains
Self Management,
Self Awareness,
Relationship Management,
Social Awareness
Subdomain

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

Grades
Pre-Kindergarten,
Kindergarten,
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade
Languages
English,
Spanish
Respondent
Student,
Teacher,
Parent

Administration Information

Length
10-25 Minutes
Qualifications

Pearson Qualification Level B required for purchase

Administration
Computer,
Paper

Access and Use

Price

Prices range from $57.75 to $71.75

View pricing guide here:

https://www.pearsonassessments.com/store/usassessments/en/Store/Profess… 

Open Access
No
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2019.101494

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317107.2015.1104778

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2911-5

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-013-1923-7

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.08.028

Psychometrics

Scoring
Computer scoring,
Manual scoring
Referencing
Norm-referenced
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2016.11.019

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. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0022662 

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1534508418808598 

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191120971351 

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143034315574767

National Comparison
Yes
Item Type
Likert