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: 52
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:14

Set for Success: Building a Strong Foundation for School Readiness Based on the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children

This document, from the Kauffman Early Education Exchange, provides an in-depth look at the research, practice, and policy in social and emotional learning that can best prepare young children and their families for school success. The document contains six fully commissioned papers that highlight...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 61
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 19:26

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: 67
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:29

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: 84
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 17:51

Designing for Learning: A Primer on Key Insights from the Science of Learning and Development

From the website: "This primer introduces four key factors that impact learning: cognition, motivation, identity, and individual variability. We selected these areas because a wealth of research indicates that each plays a critical role in how learning happens. Using this research, we developed a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 85
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 14:13

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: 85
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:44

Everything You Need to Know About ESSA: Part 2 of 3

This blog post from the Committee for Children highlights three important opportunities found in ESSA to advance social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools and states. These areas of opportunity are (1) school accountability systems, (2) grant programs, and (3) school improvement and turnaround...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 89
Date created: 01/02/2017 - 13:19

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: 90
Date created: 03/09/2017 - 12:48

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