Measuring Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) allows students to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors to become self-aware, manage emotions, make responsible decisions, and work effectively and ethically. Other terms used that are aligned with SEL include noncognitive skills, grit, soft skills, character education, and 21st-century skills. Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states can report at least one non-academic indicator of student success in their accountability system, such as SEL competencies. This collection of SEL resources identifies assessment tools and guidance documents to help schools, districts, and states consider how to measure students’ SEL.

Considerations in Selecting SEL Assessments

To help with the selection of SEL assessments, these resources provide guidance and considerations in identifying and selecting measurement tools. Included in this section are resources on the limitations of SEL assessments.