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. 

Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework

There is a growing recognition that strong academic skills alone are not enough for young people to become successful adults, and this comprehensive report offers wide-ranging evidence to show that what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood to succeed in college and career...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 144
Date created: 03/28/2017 - 06:26

Outcomes Beyond Test Scores—What Is Social-Emotional Learning?

From the executive summary: “Social-emotional learning (SEL) involves how students think and feel about themselves, get along with others, and regulate their attention and behavior. SEL plays an important role in students’ school and life outcomes. Although SEL may be disrupted under conditions of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 256
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 23:31

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

From the publisher’s description: “Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century describes this important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 158
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 19:21

Academic learning + social-emotional learning = national priority

High-quality schools not only ensure that all students are academically proficient in all subject matters, but also foster students’ reflection, social skills, perseverance, and positive mindsets. These latter skills and knowledge are developed through social and emotional learning (SEL).

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 92
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:44

Transforming Students’ Lives with Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of integrating thinking, feeling, and behaving in order to become aware of the self and of others, make responsible decisions, and manage one’s own behaviors and those of others. This resource describes the objectives and theoretical underpinnings...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 208
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:41

Fostering and Measuring Skills: Improving Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills to Promote Lifetime Success

This paper reviews the current literature on measuring and fostering non-cognitive skills. Non-cognitive skills in this paper refer to personal attributes not thought to be measured by IQ or achievement tests (p.13). The term can be used interchangeably with social and emotional learning.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 74
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:29

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: 57
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: 96
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 17:51

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