Research: Success Highways Technical Validation Study

Success Highways Resiliency Solution


"Academically the students raised their grade percentage by 10-15%.  Behaviorally the students have changed positively. One teacher I team with has made comments that her worst class is now one of her best classes."

~ Counselor, Morgan Hill USD, Morgan Hill, CA
Technical validation study of grades 6-10 Success Highways Resiliency Assessments

Studies measuring the validity of Success Highways assessments were first conducted in 1998 and then re-validated in 2000 for use with urban precollege populations (Solberg, n/d). After the program was used by approximately 25,000 students, a subsequent re-validation was conducted at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee in 2008 (Gillis & Sedivy, 2008).

Measures for each of the six resiliency skills were validated using a sample of 4,922 students from various high schools across the United States. Roughly 51% of the participants were male and 47% were female. Additionally, of the participants where race was reported, 1,706 (41.7%) were White, 650 (15.9%) were African American/Black, 33 (.8%) were American Indian, 91 (2.2%) were Asian/Pacific Islander, 1,224 (29.9%) were Hispanic and/or Latino/a, and 387 (9.5%) identified as Other or More than One. The free and reduced lunch percentage of students included in the study was 46.46%. 52% of students were middle school students (7-8 grade) and 48% were high school students (9-12 grade).

The results of the study found the overall reliability of the measures as follows, illustrating that each of the components within the assessment accurately measures resiliency as intended (Gillis & Sedivy, 2008)

Skill Reliability
Importance of Education .915
Connections .838
Well-Being .941
Motivation .815
Confidence .884
Stress .935


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