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5 Reasons Schools Should Measure Chronic Absence

Summary:  This article advocates for using Chronic Absenteeism as the additional school quality measure under ESSA.  The article uses data from the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute to support this choice.

Source:  Elizabeth Nadworny, NPR, November 3, 2016

Categories:  Assessment Tools, School Quality Measures, Student Achievement



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Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

Summary:  This article, adapted from the Handbook of Social Emotional Learning (Guilford Press), provides both evidence and guidance about the importance of building in tools for assessing the results and the progress of social-emotional learning in schools.  The article also reviews a number of specific assessment tools that can be used for this purpose.

Source: Susanne Denham, Edutopia, June 17, 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, Assessment Tools




What If Adjectives Replaced Letter Grades in Student Assessment?

Summary:  This brief article explores the concept of replacing numerical grades with a qualitative narrative following some new business practices by Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Microsoft.  There are, of course, potential positive and negative aspects to this practice and this article lists some of these aspects.

Source: Autumn A. Arnett, Education DIVE, June 6, 2016

Categories:  Student Achievement, Assessment Tools




Georgia Schools Now Evaluated Based on Climate

Summary: The Georgia Department of Education now requires schools to collect surveys from parents, students and teachers, and to consider attendance rates and discipline records in new ratings.

Source: Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, June 7, 2016

Categories: School Culture and Climate, Assessment Tools




New Online Tool Expands Access to School Climate Measurements

Summary:  This article talks about a new online assessment tool that school districts can use to measure school climate. The tool is designed to measure a variety of school climate issues in the following categories:  Engagement, Environment, and Safety.  This measure could be used as part of the “non-academic” requirement set down by the ESSA.

Source: Evie Blad, Education Week, April 20, 2016

Categories: School Culture and Climate, Assessment Tools




Schools Are Finally Teaching What Kids Need to be Successful in Life

Summary: Interest in teaching social-emotional skills in skills is on the rise.  With that, and with ESSA, there is also a move toward testing these skills.  California will actually begin testing students for character in 2016.  There is a caveat presented here about testing for character and this article presents some of those concerns expressed by Angela Duckworth and others.

Source:  Jenny Anderson, Quartz, April 13, 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, Core Values, Performance Values, Grit, Assessment Tools



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Students Help Design Measures of Social-Emotional Skills

Summary: This article focuses on efforts made in the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada to use social-emotional skills to tackle student engagement and academic success.  They are looking at engaging students in the process of assessing the effects of their efforts in the five CASEL domains of social-emotional learning.

Source: Evie Blad, Education Week, April 13, 2016

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research, Assessment Tools



Don’t Grade Schools on Grit

Summary: In this article, Angela Duckworth speaks about her research into Grit and other performance values and voices a concern about the prospect of using testing measures to determine how schools approach character and social-emotional learning.  She speaks about the “Character Growth Card” that she used with students to have them assess their character strengths and the variance of responses that could be given on this kind of questionnaire.

Source:  Angela Duckworth, The New York Times, March 26, 2016

Categories:  Grit, Performance Values, Assessment Tools



The Other Side of the Report Card

Summary:  The Other Side of the Report Card:  Assessing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Character Development, newly published by Corwin Press, is designed to advocate for the inclusion of SECD on students’ report cards.  The book presents a strong rationale for including SECD and shows examples of how to implement this process.

Source: by Maurice Elias, Joseph Ferrito, and Dominic Moceri, published by Corwin Press, 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Assessment Tools, Student Acheivement



The Post It Game

Summary: This is a video which shows how a group of teachers from Eisenhower Middle School in Roxbury, NJ used “The Post It Game” to do an inventory of the activities and programming that relate to different categories drawn from Maurice Elias’s “jumbled schoolhouse.”

Source:  DSACS Program, Rutgers University, 4/21/2009

Categories:  School Culture and Climate, Assessment Schools