NREPP listed, NDPC model program shows an array of benefits
Positive impact on academics, suspensions, discipline, dropout rates and resiliency
Students using Ripple Effects demonstrate positive gains in academic achievement, attendance, and resiliency asset scores, and reductions in suspensions, ISS referrals, dropout rates, behavior problems, and depression scores.
Impact on Grades
Previously failing students exposed to Ripple Effects raised their grades from a 1.1 to a 2.4 in one semester, while the control group went down over the same period (Perry, Bass, Ray, & Berg; 2008). See the study.
Impact on Suspensions
Use of Ripple Effects has resulted in improved student behavior, as evidenced by school and district data about office discipline referrals, in-school suspensions, and out of school suspensions. In one study of 3800+ students using Ripple Effects in ISS, repeat referrals to ISS declined an average of 28% from fall to spring, a time when they normally increase. (Ray, Patterson & Berg, 2008). In another cross-site-study, use of Ripple Effects resulted in statistically significant lower rates for out-of-school suspensions among Ripple Effects Treatment Group students versus students in control group (Bass, Perry, 2008). See the ISS study. See the suspensions study.
Impact on Dropout Rates
One study showed a statistically significant, more than 50% lower dropout rate one year later, among students who were exposed to Ripple Effects, compared to the control group. See the study.
Gains in Resiliency Assets
A randomized controlled trial by WestEd, measured the impact of Ripple Effects on resilience assets. Students who used Ripple Effects showed stronger gains in empathy and problem solving skills, compared to the control group, pre to post intervention. Unexpectedly, control group students showed a higher sense of connectedness. Researchers hypothesize that the Ripple Effects students’ stronger skills in empathy may have triggered the control group students feeling more connected to their school (DeLong-Cotti,2009). See the study.
Impact on Tardiness
Ripple Effects students had fewer tardies in 4 of the 6 studies measuring it. In one study, the finding was significant. In one school where Ripple Effects was the first period activity, tardies were reduced to zero (Perry, Bass, Ray, 2008).See the study.
Impact on Depression
A school-based, gang prevention program in Los Angeles, which used Ripple Effects as the psycho-social component of a comprehensive intervention, found that seven cohorts of students exposed to Ripple Effects showed significant decreases in depression scores from pre-intervention to post (Koffman et al, 2008). See the study.
Examine the Theory Base
More than 1000 research-based, theoretical constructs from across five major disciplines have been woven into the expert system technology that underpins Ripple Effects Whole Spectrum SEL Learning System It is designed to preserve content fidelity, while enabling user-specific personalization and site-specific adaptation. Learn more this groundbreaking synthesis of approaches in this book by Ripple Effects creator and CEO, Alice Ray.