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Study: SEL program’s impact on state test scores mixed

January 21, 2020

After two years of study, a top takeaway from the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development was that SEL is the process through which students learn and is important for all students, not just those with behavior problems or who have experienced trauma. And since that time in 2018, interest in weaving social-emotional skills through academics has grown.

But evaluating students’ test scores in core subjects is still important when accountability systems are primarily based on academic growth and proficiency levels.

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