PERTS stands for Project for Education Research That Scales. This research was a real-world social psychology intervention given to middle school students to help them perform better in tests.
Students perform worse in exams when they’re reminded that they belong to a group that is negatively stereotyped. This “stereotype threat” can be combated by a “self affirmation” exercise in which the students write about their core values. PERTS was testing whether this exercise is effective if delivered in a highly scalable, low teacher-effort format, online. I delivered the intervention to 161 students, coded and filtered data. The research expanded to deliver other psychological interventions to 1,594 students, and was found to raise grade point averages 6.4 percentage points for students at risk of dropping out.
Role: Research Assistant.