Schools explore the best ways to gauge SEL skills

In the current data-driven educational climate, academic subjects, such as math and science, are more easily and reliably assessed, while social-emotional skills and growth are not as easily measured. In the past these areas have largely been assessed with parent and teacher checklists and observations.

Finding SEL assessments that provide valuable feedback and measurable data is a challenge. The value of an SEL program can be considered in the context of other indicators, such as attendance, behavior, academic achievement and graduation rates.

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