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Making the Grade: Integrated Student Supports

February 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Integrated student support (ISS) programs help connect struggling students with housing, health and dental care, meals, and tutoring. Several years ago, researchers studied what happens when a school addresses the nonacademic needs of its students, and a new report suggests that ISS programs are beginning to make the grade in this regard.

Reading, writing, and arithmetic: strong skills in the three R’s used to be one way parents and educators predicted a student’s school potential. Kids not hitting the mark might have been scheduled for extra academic help. Social psychologist Kristin Moore, PhD, and Child Trends researchers say there might be a better way.

“I wanted to look at a model which is called integrated student supports, which goes beyond kind of the traditional notion that you can tutor kids into school success,” Moore told Ivanhoe.

Instead, researchers are examining school programs that assess students’ needs, then connect them and their families with services like medical care or housing or mental health counseling.

Moore continued, “They may need emotional support. They may need to improve their behavior. And all of those things can undermine your educational success.”

Social scientists reviewed 19 ISS studies and found evidence that the ISS model may help increase high school graduation rates and may offer a strong return on investment to society. For every dollar invested in ISS, a return of at least $3 and up to $14 can be expected—with students having less grade repetition and fewer problem behaviors. Moore said that, over the past few years, ISS programs have been starting in every region of the country.

Moore said, “They have different names. Sometimes they have no names at all, just a principal that understands a kid can’t do well in school unless their other needs are met.”

There are now ISS programs in all 50 states. Researchers indicate that ISS programs are most likely to operate in schools that serve a large number of students from low-income families and could help reduce educational disparities.

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising and Field Producer; Milvionne Chery, Assistant Producer; Roque Correa, Editor and Videographer.

Produced by Child Trends News Service in partnership with Ivanhoe Broadcast News and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 


Spanish Translation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Los programa ISS, o apoyo integral al estudiante ayudan a conectar a estudiantes necesitados y sus familias con programas de vivienda, salud y atención dental, al igual que apoyo escolar. Estos programas que buscan abordar las necesidades no educativas de los estudiantes comenzaron hace varios años.

La forma en que los padres y educadores juzgaban el potencial de un estudiante era basándose en su destreza en tres áreas, la lectura, la escritura y las matemáticas. Y si los niños no alcanzaban los objetivos quizás recibirían ayuda académica. La psicóloga Kristin Moore, PhD, y un equipo de investigadores aseguran que dar solo ayuda académica no siempre es la mejor solución. Estudios están analizando programas escolares que determinan las carencias de los estudiantes en todos los campos, y los conectan, junto a sus familias, con agencias para la vivienda, servicios médicos o salud mental.

Los investigadores analizaron los resultados de 19 estudiantes enrolados en un programa ISS, y determinaron que una ayuda global puede reducir el número de estudiantes que repiten cursos y presentan problemas de conducta, y aumentar el promedio que se gradúa. Asimismo, es un buen negocio, por cada dólar que se invierte en el programa se puede esperar entre 3 y 14 dólares en beneficios. Según Kristin Moore ya existen programas ISS en todas las regiones del país.

Ya hay programas ISS en los 50 estados de la nación, generalmente en escuelas que tienen un estudiantado proveniente de familias de bajos ingresos. Según los estudios, estos programas de ayuda integral pudieran ayudar a reducir las diferencias educacionales.

Los contribuyentes a este reportaje incluyen: Cyndy McGrath, Supervisora  Y Productora de Campo; Milvionne Chery, Productora Assistente; Roque Correa, Editor Y Camarografo.

Producido por Child Trends News Service en asocio con Ivanhoe Broadcast News y auspiciado por una beca de la National Science Foundation.