Schools and Student Achievement


Great Places to Learn: Creating Asset-Building Schools that Help Students Succeed (2nd edition), Neal Starkman, Peter C. Scales, and Clay Roberts

Research Briefs

Finding the Student Spark: Missed Opportunities in School Engagement, Peter C. Scales

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Boosting Student Achievement: New Research on the Power of Developmental Assets, Peter C. Scales and Eugene C. Roehlkepartain

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Peer-Reviewed Articles and Scholarly Chapters

Flanagan, C. A., Stoppa, T., Syvertsen, A. K., & Stout, M. (2010). Schools and trust. In L. Sherrod, J. Torney-Purta, & C. Flanagan (Eds.), Handbook of research on civic engagement in youth (pp. 307-329). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Roehlkepartain, E. C., Hong, K. L., & Scales, P. C. (2005). Boosting student achievement by building developmental assets: New research strengthens the case. Minnesota School Board Association Journal, 58(2), 16–18.

Scales, P. C. (1999). Care and challenge: The sources of student success. Middle Ground: The Magazine of Middle Level Education, 3(2), 21–23.

Scales, P. C. (2000). Building students' developmental assets to promote health and school success. The Clearinghouse: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues, and Ideas, 74(2), 84–88.

Scales, P.C. (2010). Characteristics of young adolescents. In Association for Middle Level Education, This we believe: Keys to educating young adolescents (pp. 53-62). Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association (now Association for Middle Level Education).

Scales, P. C., & Benson, P. L. (2007). Building Developmental Assets to encourage students' school success. Instructional Leader (Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association), 20 (3), 1-3, 8-10, 12.

Scales, P. C., & Roehlkepartain, E. C. (2004) Service to others: A “gateway asset” for school success and healthy development. In J. Kielsmeier, M. Neal, & M. McKinnon (Eds.) Growing to greatness 2004: The state of service-learning in the United States (pp. 26-32). St. Paul, MN: National Youth Leadership Council.

Scales, P. C., & Taccogna, J. (2000). Caring to try: How building students’ developmental assets can promote school engagement and success. NASSP Bulletin, 84(619), 69-78.

Scales, P. C., Benson, P. L., Roehlkepartain, E. C., Sesma, A., & van Dulmen, M. (2006). The role of developmental assets in predicting academic achievement: A longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescence 29, 691–708.

Scales, P. C., Blyth, D. A., Berkas, T. H., & Kielsmeier, J. C. (2000). The effects of service-learning on middle school students' social responsibility and academic success. Journal of Early Adolescence, 20(3), 332–359.

Scales, P. C., Foster, K. C., Mannes, M., Horst, M. A., Pinto, K. C., & Rutherford, A. (2005). School-business partnerships, developmental assets, and positive developmental outcomes among urban high school students: A mixed-methods study. Urban Education, 2005, 40, 144-189.

Scales, P. C., Roehlkepartain, E. C., Neal, M., Kielsmeier, J. C, & Benson, P. L. (2006). Reducing academic achievement gaps: The role of community service and service learning. Journal of Experiential Education, 29, 38-60.

Syvertsen, A. K., Flanagan, C. A., & Stout, M. (2009). Code of silence: Students’ perceptions of school climate and willingness to intervene in a peer’s dangerous plan. Journal of Educational Psychology, 101, 219-232. doi: 10.1037/a0013246