Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) Rating Scales

Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) Rating Scales


Frank Gresham, PhD, Stephen N. Elliott, PhD


Age Range:

3:0 - 18:0

Reading Level:

Parent - 5th grade; Student - 2nd grade

RTI Tiers:

RTI Level 2

Completion Time:

10-25 minutes


Social Skills, Problem Behaviors, and Academic Competence scales—Standard scores and percentile ranks; Subscales—Behavior Levels (below average, average, above average); Items—Frequency and Importance ratings point to behaviors that may require intervention.

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Replaces the SSRS (Social Skills Rating System)

The SSIS (Social Skills Improvement System) Rating Scales enables targeted assessment of individuals and small groups to help evaluate social skills, problem behaviors, and academic competence. Teacher, parent and student forms help provide a comprehensive picture across school, home, and community settings.

Designed to replace the SSRS Social Skills Rating System, this substantially revised tool includes updated norms, improved psychometric properties, and new subscales.

The multi-rater SSIS Rating Scales helps measure:

  • Social Skills: Communication, Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Engagement, Self-Control
  • Competing Problem Behaviors: Externalizing, Bullying, Hyperactivity/Inattention, Internalizing, Autism Spectrum
  • Academic Competence: Reading Achievement, Math Achievement, Motivation to Learn

Benefits for You and Those You Serve

This revised instrument features:

  • Four subscales (Communication, Engagement, Bullying, and Autism Spectrum)
  • National norms for pre-school
  • Spanish versions of Parent and Student forms
  • Collection of reliability and validity evidence, including correlations with other measures and consistency with research on special populations
  • Standard scores with percentile ranks
  • Standardization based on a nationwide sample matched to the US population estimates for race, region, and SES
  • Combined norms and separate-sex norms

Convenient Scoring Options

The SSIS Rating Scales may be hand-scored. For added convenience, use the ASSIST software which provides computer scoring and reporting, including individual, progress and multi-rater reports – and a direct link to suggested interventions with the SSIS Intervention Guide.

ASSIST™ System Requirements

Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
Macintosh OS 10.4 to 10.10

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