Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

Making whole-child education the norm

This policy brief describes research and policy initiatives that can make social and emotional skills a focal point in children’s education. The authors review the literature on how social and emotional skills develop, and how they are important drivers of cognitive skills, school, and life...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 58
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:14

Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

A growing body of evidence has shown that social and emotional strengths in children and adults lead to school and life success. This article from the New York Times summarizes some of the key studies that support this claim, and argues that schools and teachers need to promote social and emotional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 102
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 17:51

Rethinking How Students Succeed

Noncognitive skills initiatives hold promise for making students more successful. Noncognitive skills, the term used in this article, are related to social and emotional learning (SEL) and academic mindsets; they encompass academic attitudes and behaviors like self-awareness, self-control,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 108
Date created: 03/09/2017 - 12:48

Assessing Social-Emotional Learning

This resource provides a brief overview on social emotional learning (SEL) and its importance in students' learning and achievement, a fact which is recognized in the new regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The authors' purpose in this article is to make aware that "the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,556
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 14:20

Strategies for Social and Emotional Learning: Preschool and Elementary Grade Student Learning Standards and Assessment

This brief, published by the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, provides information and strategies to implement and assess SEL in schools and districts. The purposes of the brief are to: (1) describe standards for an SEL program, (2) introduce teacher-rated...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 395
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 13:52

Are You Ready to Assess Social and Emotional Development?

The Ready to Assess toolkit is a suite of three resources that help school and district educators consider and select assessments on social and emotional learning (SEL). The toolkit includes the following:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 726
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 13:19

Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

In this Edutopia article, Professor Susanne Denham highlights five assessments related to social and emotional learning (SEL). The selected assessments were chosen based on the author's criteria on effective assessment for educational settings. This article is adapted from the author's chapter, "...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 2,283
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 10:02

Social-Emotional Learning Assessment Measures for Middle School Youth

This report, commissioned by the Raikes Foundation, identified valid, reliable, and useable school-wide assessments for social and emotional learning to help schools and districts identify tools that could be useful in determining successful SEL programs. The authors conducted an extensive review...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,503
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 01:52

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