Study: SEL Program’s Impact on State Test Scores Mixed

Summary: This article reports on the results of a study done in Pennsylvania to assess the impact of a twelve-week SEL program.  While some of the results showed an increase in scores, those increases were not statistically significant.  The author posits that there wouldl be other benefits from the SEL program that would not be shown on standardized tests.

Source:  Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, January 22, 2020

Description:  “The authors say the value of SEL is not only in whether state test scores increase. That’s why research on SEL should expand to look not only at specific SEL skills and test scores, but also “broad indicators of student success,” such as peer relationships, attendance and degree attainment.”

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