Measuring Social and Emotional Learning: A Brief Guide


January 2018


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The success of young people in school, the workplace, and the community depends on more than content knowledge and test scores. Many social and emotional learning (SEL) skills and motivational factors are also critical for young people to reach their full potential and become productive, social, healthy and happy adults.

Given increased awareness of the importance of social and emotional learning, many education practitioners are actively engaged in efforts to promote students’ SEL competencies. This often includes measuring SEL factors to understand student competencies and/or to gauge the effectiveness of program improvement efforts.

This brief guide can help you think through important decisions on why to measure SEL, how to use SEL data and which skills, mindsets and capacities are appropriate to measure.