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SSET Grant (Student Services Every Time Grant). Tucson Unified School District. SSET Grant. What is it? U.S. Department of Education, Safe and Drug Free Schools Demonstration Grant to expand counseling programs in elementary schools $1.2 million for 3 years Funding period includes 2007-2010

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sset grant student services every time grant

SSET Grant (Student Services Every Time Grant)

Tucson Unified School District

sset grant
SSET Grant
  • What is it?
    • U.S. Department of Education, Safe and Drug Free Schools Demonstration Grant to expand counseling programs in elementary schools
    • $1.2 million for 3 years
    • Funding period includes 2007-2010
  • Purpose
    • Improve student behavior
    • Increase parent involvement
  • The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2003)
  • The Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS, 1999)
  • The School, Family, and Community Partnerships (Epstein Model, 2001)
sset grant overview
SSET Grant Overview
  • Student-to-Counselor Ratio
  • Recognized ASCA Model Programs
  • School Quality Survey Results
  • Parent Involvement
  • Attendance Results
  • Academic Results
  • Closing the Gap
  • Guidance Curriculum
  • Office Referrals
  • Project Summary
recognized asca model programs
Recognized ASCA Model Programs

RAMP awards:

  • Grijalva
  • Reynolds
  • Wright
school quality survey results
School Quality Survey Results

Percentage of respondents

(students, parents & staff) in

agreement with statements

regarding student behavior,

safety & respect. For

example: Students behave in

class. My classroom is a

comfortable place to learn.

Teachers treat students with

respect. Students treat

teachers with respect.

parent involvement
Parent Involvement
  • Increase in family and parent activities
    • Average school increase from 44 to 69 events per year
    • Activities range from family movie night to educational programs for parents
  • Increase in parent participation
    • Average school increase from 1,948 to 2,246 parents participating in events
    • Increase in parent volunteers
attendance results
Attendance Results
  • Results analysis

Students who were at risk of failing, improved attendance over the three years of the project.

Established Gap groups for at- risk students improved attendance.

  • Recommendations

Continue Gap groups

Develop strategies for students in attendance most of the time and address absences for students who are ill in order to bring the schools’ attendance rate to 95%.

academic results
Academic Results


  • Results analysis

4th grade students improved significantly by 5.6% in reading.

A change in the Math content areas and format resulted in new norms being created and a drop in math scores.

  • Recommendations

A complete analysis of reading scores in 5th grade to look at content in the tests compared to performance objectives.

Restructure math curriculum to include new content included in the tests.

closing the gap group criteria
Selection process – Student selection based on attendance, academic scores listed as at-risk, and number of office referrals

Interventions – Parents contacted, daily check-ins, weekly meetings, tutoring, increased teacher contacts

Closing the Gap Group Criteria
closing the gap group results
Closing the Gap Group Results

*M=Meets the standard A=Approaching the standard

F=Falls far below the standard

guidance curriculum
Guidance Curriculum
  • Results analysis

Fully implemented ASCA National Model programs was utilized in classrooms and small groups.

The program includes academic, personal/social, and career lessons.

  • Recommendations

Continue use of ASCA National Model program in classrooms and small groups.

  • Project counselors percentage of time in classrooms and small groups
  • All counselors worked with students who had excessive absences. As a result of their work, students normally attending school in the 70th and 80th percentiles now attend in the high 80th and 90th percentiles.
project summary
Project Summary
  • Fully Implemented ASCA program.
  • Overall student attendance improved.
  • Students, parents & staff in all schools agreed that student behavior, safety & respect had improved.