PATHS® program developer, Dr. Mark Greenberg, and school administrators discuss the real impact of the PATHS program
In rigorous clinical studies,* the PATHS program has been shown to:
*at one- or two-year follow-up, compared to matched-comparison children, supplemented with teacher training and support
**during a 4-year implementation period, compared to matched-comparison children, supplemented with teacher training and support
***In this study, a grade-level version of the program was supplemented with teacher training and support as well as additional interventions for students with conduct problems.
A large-scale national study of Head Start classrooms found that the PATHS program improved outcomes in student emotional knowledge and social problem-solving skills among preschool students! Among the three programs evaluated, the PATHS program achieved significant results in the most primary targeted outcomes.
Head Start teachers also reported that students in classrooms that used the PATHS program:
The study also noted that kindergarten teachers reported the expectation that fewer of the children who had participated in the PATHS program in preschool would be held back a grade. The PATHS program was the only one of the three programs studied to produce this result.
Data from more than 270,000 students was collected for a large-scale study of universal, school-based SEL programs, including the PATHS program. In that study, SEL students showed an 11% gain in academic achievement.
A study in one major metropolitan school district found that students participating in the PATHS program* in grades 3 through 6 were more likely to achieve basic proficiency on their state's achievement tests in reading (grade 4), math (grade 4), and writing (grades 5 and 6), compared to students who received limited SEL instruction. In reading and math, the number of PATHS lessons taught was a significant predictor of achievement, with students who received more lessons becoming more likely to achieve basic proficiency on the tests.
* supplemented with teacher training and support
A Washington State Institute for Public Policy report shows the PATHS program yields a benefit-cost ratio of $13.04 for each dollar invested, and provides long-term results.
The PATHS program received the highest possible rating from Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development (Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado). The PATHS program is one of only 12 youth development programs to receive this elite recognition -- over 1,300 programs have been reviewed to date.
The PATHS program has also been recognized for its effectiveness by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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