Student Assessment

Student SEL competency assessment can help schools and and districts to continuously improve SEL instruction and implementation, evaluate the effectiveness of SEL programming and approaches, and support equitable outcomes. Student SEL competency assessment can take the form of self-report survey questionnaires and rating scales, interview protocols, observation protocols and rating scales, or performance-based assessments.

See also: assessment, define SEL metrics

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Classroom Formative SEL Assessment

This assessment from CASEL's Guide to Schoolwide SEL provides teachers with a way to formatively assess the SEL skills of their entire classroom, then use that information to drive continuous improvement of their instructional practices.

SOURCE: CASEL

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MeasuringSEL – Implement Assessment

From CASEL's Measuring SEL practitioner resources, this page provides recommendations for implementing any chosen SEL assessment, including important decisions to make and strategies for communicating about the assessment with stakeholders.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Data Sources to Analyze SEL Implementation and Outcomes

A breakdown of how to gather data and use to measure implementation quality, program quality, academic, attendance & behavior outcomes, and student SEL skill growth, with useful links to additional resources.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS student assessment define SEL metrics assessment conducting local SEL research continuous improvement implementation evaluation

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Minnesota DOE SEL Assessment Guidance

An example of state guidance for districts on the purpose, methods, considerations, reporting, and using the results of SEL assessments for continuous improvement.

SOURCE: Minnesota DOE

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SEL-Related Metrics

Nashville's combination of student surveys (Tripod and Safe & Supportive Schools), other data collected by schools and the district, and observable measures of SEL and climate.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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MeasuringSEL: Review the Assessment Options

From CASEL's Measuring SEL practitioner resources, this page describes the advantages and limitations of self reports, interviews, observations, and performance-based assessments.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Definitions of Important Measurement Concepts

Everything you need to know about validity, reliability, and bias when selecting a measurement tool.

SOURCE: CASEL

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RAND Education Assessment Finder: Measuring social, emotional, and academic competencies

A web-based tool that practitioners, researchers, and policymakers can use to explore what assessments are available, what they measure, how they are administered, and how to use results.

SOURCE: RAND

TAGS student assessment define SEL metrics assessment continuous improvement implementation evaluation

CORE Districts Tool: Social-Emotional Competencies Selection Process

A 6 step prioritization exercise used by CORE districts to vote on competencies to include and exclude in their assessment.

SOURCE: California CORE Districts

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MeasuringSEL: Plan the Role of Assessment

From CASEL's Measuring SEL practitioner resources, this page differentiates between formative and summative purposes of SEL competency assessment, prompting thinking about intended use of assessment in order to select appropriate measures.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS student assessment define SEL metrics assessment continuous improvement implementation evaluation

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