How do you measure social and emotional learning?

Tools to use in the era of ‘what gets assessed gets addressed’

HECHINGER REPORT | In the education world, it is often said that what gets assessed gets addressed.

Many educators have questions, though, about how to measure social and emotional learning (SEL) topics like relationship skills and self-awareness, even when they believe such skills should be addressed.

A recent, nationally representative survey revealed near-unanimous commitment to SEL among school principals. A similar survey of teachers from 2013 showed the same.

As the desire to improve SEL for all students grows, it is increasingly important to measure its effectiveness. But the field has lacked an organized method of identifying, choosing and using the best assessments to measure students’  competencies. Two newly developed tools can help.