The Holistic Student Assessment
The Holistic Student Assessment (HSA) is a tool developed by PEAR to help schools tailor services to better support the social and emotional well-being of students in school and afterschool settings. The HSA provides adolescents with an opportunity to self-report about specific behaviors, beliefs and relationships. The 86-question instrument is based on PEAR's Clover Model, which describes child and adolescent development as a holistic interaction between four core developmental needs: Active Engagement (engaging the world physically), Assertiveness (expressing voice and choice), Belonging (social connection and relationships) and Reflection (thought and meaning-making). Based on student responses, support staff at the program are provided an HSA Profile for each participating student, providing information about the student's socioemotional balance.
HSA History and Overview: Dr. Gil Noam's focus on relationships, development, symptoms, and resiliency goes back over two decades. The Holistic Student Assessment resiliency inventories appeared in their earliest form as part of a Mehyun Song's graduate thesis with Dr. Gil Noam at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Originally developed for research, rather than evaluative, purposes, in 2007 a version of the Holistic Student Assessment was used at RALLY sites. The HSA is continually being refined and improved as a tool, and is currently being used to evaluate thousands of students across hundreds of educational sites.
An HSA Profile: The HSA profile provides teachers and student support staff with a snapshot of a student's long-term socio-emotional state. The profile provides information both on the student's strengths (how well the student is able to cope with stressful factors in the environment), and on the student's struggles (the extent to which the student cannot control the body, mind, and cognition). These profiles can be especially useful in identifying those students who are struggling in a way that may not be immediately obvious to teacher. For a sample profile, see below.
HSA Administration Training: Because the Holistic Student Assessment is based on self-reported measures, and can compare a student's scores to those of her peers, it is crucial for HSA administration to be as procedural and standardized as possible. We require that anyone who wishes to administer the HSA be trained on proper survey administration techniques.
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Sample HSA Profile: