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In Schools, Are We Measuring What Matters?

Summary:  In this article, Stephen Merrill interviews Angela Duckworth, author of the best-selling book “Grit”.  In this interview, Duckworth talks about the way student capabilities are measured and how standardized testing can miss the mark by focusing too narrowly on academics without looking at other skills that may be just as important,

Source:  Stephen Merrill, Edutopia, October 16, 2020



Successful School Guidelines

Summary:  SEL4NJ has published a set of “Successful School Guidelines” to help schools develop a climate that is Inspiring, Challenging, Supportive, Safe and Healthy, Engaging, Respectful and is a Community of Learners.  These guidelines present action steps to help schools make improvements in each of these areas.

Source:  SEL4NJ, November 2019



Social-Emotional Learning, Explained

Summary:  This is a video produced by Education Week narrated by Evie Blad about social-emotional learning, why it is important in schools and how it can be implemented in the classroom, in the school, and in the home and community.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, June 4, 2018



Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model – Boston Public Schools

Summary:  This is the annual report for 2017-18 from the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model of the Boston Public Schools.  At the student level, decreases in risk levels were observed, particularly for the most at-risk students. Likewise, increases in positive behaviors were observed, with the largest growth demonstrated by the most at-risk students.

Source:  Andria Amador, Boston Public Schools, February 2019



SEL Assessment Guide a One-Stop Shop for Real-World Examples of How Progress is Being Measured

Summary:“A new guide from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) provides educators with assessment tools for gauging social emotional learning (SEL) as well as guidelines for collecting data on student progress and using that data to inform instruction, practice and policy implementation.”

Source: Lucy Hook, Education DIVE, November 9, 2018

Categories: SEL Basics, Research in SEL, Assessment Tools, School Culture and Climate, SEL Think Tank




No State Will Measure Social-Emotional Learning Under ESSA. Will That Slow Its Momentum?

Summary:  In a review of state ESSA plans, no state has included measures of Social-Emotional Learning as an indicator.  The article suggests that measures of SEL are not sufficiently developed to be used across all schools. Roger Weissberg of CASEL, said “a group of 20 states that are cooperating to explore social-emotional-learning plans largely favor allowing districts to select and design their own measures to ensure they fit into their strategies.”

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, October 4, 2017

Categories:  Student Achievement, SEL Basics, SEL Research, Assessment Tools




Building a Modern Marshmallow Test: New Ways to Measure Social-Emotional Learning

Summary:  This article reports on a contest to develop a new “Marshmellow Test” – ideas for innovative ways to measure social-emotional learning.  While most of the suggestions were for performance-based tests, concerns were noted about the objectivity of these tests since other factors may influence performance.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, August 10, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Assessment Tools




When Measuring School Climate, Context Is Key

Summary:  This article is by guest blogger Jack McDermott of Panorama Education, a company that has worked with many schools to measure social-emotional learning, school climate, and family and community engagement.

Source:  Peter DeWitt, Education Week, March 5, 2017

Categories:  School Culture/Climate, Assessment Tools




Obama Administration Releases Final Testing Regulations for ESSA

Summary: The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday released final regulations and new guidance governing how testing is supposed to work under the Every Student Succeeds Act. It also announced $8 million in grants to states to improve science tests.

Source: Alyson Klein, Education Week, December 7, 2016

Categories:  Standardized Testing, Assessment Tools, ESSA, Student Achievement




Final ESSA Accountability Rules Boost State Flexibility in Key Areas

Summary:  This article summarizes the final accountability rules for ESSA.  Of particular interest is the measure of school and student success which could include school climate and teacher/student engagement in the mix of performance and accountability measures.  This summary provides a comprehensive view of ESSA and recent changes to the regulations.

Source:  Alyson Klein, Education Week, November 28. 2016

Categories:  School Culture/Climate, SEL Basics, Student Achievement, Assessment Tools.