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
**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.
***during a 4-year implementation period, compared to matched-comparison children, supplemented with teacher training and support
In a randomized controlled trial, urban low-income kindergarten students participating in the PATHS program showed significant improvements in both social competence and behavioral problems. Specifically, teachers reported that among PATHS students there was:
These results are important, because they show that the PATHS program can significantly help reduce the effects of poverty on healthy brain development.
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 $20.80 for each dollar invested, and provides long-term results!
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