Social Competence – Teacher

Abstract: The Social Competence Scale - Teacher Version is a 25-item measure that assesses a child's prosocial behaviors, emotional self-regulation, and academic skills. This Scale was created for the Fast Track Project. Some items were adapted from the Kendall and Wilcox (1979) and Gersten (1976) assessments. New items were also developed. Each item states a behavior that a child may display at school. The teacher assesses how well each statement describes the child. Responses are coded on a five-point Likert scale: "Not at all (0)," "A little (1)," "Moderately well (2)," "Well (3)," and "Very well (4)." The Scale contains three subscales: Prosocial/Communication Skills, Emotional Regulation Skills, and Academic Skills. In addition to the subscale scores, a score for the combined Prosocial/Communication items and Emotional Regulation items is calculated, and a total score on all 25 items is also reported. Individual subscale scores, the combined score, and the total score are calculated as the mean of responses. If more than half of the items for a scale are missing responses, the score is not calculated. Measures with all responses missing are not scored. T-tests of means for subscale scores and for the total score show significant differences between the normative and control groups for this study year. The internal consistency measure (Cronbach alpha values) indicates that the total score and subscale scores are useful.

Who Completed this Measure?: Teacher

Cohort 1 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8
  • Year 04 | grade 3 | age 9

Cohort 2 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8
  • Year 04 | grade 3 | age 9

Cohort 3 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8
  • Year 04 | grade 3 | age 9

Technical Reports:

Raw Dataset Name: TyB

Scored Dataset Name: SCTySTc

Affective Behavior, Aggressive Behavior, Goal Orientation, Peer Relationships, Prosocial Skills, Self Control

Is this Measure Available for Public Use?: Yes

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Measure Items and Scales:

TCID Study ID Number
SITE Study Site
SCT3TOT Total of all Variables - SC_T - Year 3
SCT3ACA Academic Skills - SC_T - Year 3
SCT3PSR Prosoc + EmReg. Skills - SC_T - Year 3
SCT3REG Emotional Reg. Skills - SC_T - Year 3
SCT3PRO Prosocial/Comm. Skills - SC_T - Year 3
T3BSC1 Functions Well with Distractions
T3BSC2 Accepts Things Not Going Way
T3BSC3 Copes Well Failure
T3BSC4 Self-Starter
T3BSC5 Works Well Without Adults
T3BSC6 Accepts Legitimate Limits
T3BSC7 Expresses Needs and Feelings
T3BSC8 Thinks Before Acting
T3BSC9 Resolves Peer Problems on Own
T3BSC10 Stays on Task
T3BSC11 Can Calm Down
T3BSC12 Can Wait in Line Patiently
T3BSC13 Very Good at Understanding Feelings
T3BSC14 Aware of Effects of Own Behavior
T3BSC15 Works Well in Group
T3BSC16 Plays by Rules of Game
T3BSC17 Pays Attention
T3BSC18 Controls Temper
T3BSC19 Shares Materials
T3BSC20 Cooperates with Peers without Prompting
T3BSC21 Follows Teachers Verbal Directions
T3BSC22 Is Helpful to Others
T3BSC23 Listens to Other Points of View
T3BSC24 Can Give Suggestions without Bossy
T3BSC25 Acts Friendly Toward Others
TREATMNT Treatment Group (Interv/Cntl)
NORM Members of Normative Sample