2018-2019 Impact Data
The Holistic Student Assessment (HSA)
The Holistic Student Assessment (HSA) is a data-driven tool created by Partnering in Education And Resilience (or PEAR) Institute. PEAR is an organization created by Dr. Gil Noam in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. PEAR promotes social-emotional development by creating trauma informed tools and strategies to help young people to thrive and to learn. The HSA-Pretest (taken at the start of programming) is a student-self-report that identifies strengths and challenges in three critical areas:
- Resiliencies (or SEL competencies)
- Learning & School Engagement and
- Relationships (with peers and adults)
Ninety six of our 2018-2019 participants took the HSA-Pre. Students reported having an average of 2.6 strengths and 4.3 challenges out of the fourteen areas measured by the HSA. All other areas were scored as average based on each student's peer group. Below are the top five strengths and challenges, as well as the percentage of students who reporting having them.
Top Five Strengths