Assessment

The following is a curated list of resources on social-emotional (SE) competence assessment, selected by CASEL staff with input from our collaborators. Please explore these resources to learn about a range of topics, such as how to measure SE competence, tools for measuring SE competence, challenges in direct assessment, assessing specific constructs related to SEL, and measures for specific age groups and grade levels.

Articles and Book Chapters

Denham, S. A. (2015). Assessment of social-emotional learning in educational contexts. In J. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, and T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook of social and emotional learning (pp. 285-300). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase.

Marzano, R. J. (2015) Using formative assessment with SEL skills. In J. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, and T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook of social and emotional learning (pp. 336-347). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase.

McKown, C. (2015) Challenges and opportunities in the direct assessment of children’s social and emotional comprehension. In J. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, and T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook of social and emotional learning (pp. 320-335). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase.

McKown, C., Allen, A. M., Russo-Ponsaran, N. M., Johnson, J. K. (2013). Direct assessment of children’s social-emotional comprehension. Journal of Psychological Assessment, 25, 1154-1166. doi:10.1037/a0033435
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Redding, S., & Walberg, H. J. (2015) Indicators of effective SEL practice. In J. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, and T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook of social and emotional learning (pp. 377-392). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase.


Blogs

Denham, S. (2016, June 17). Tools to assess social and emotional learning in schools. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/tools-assess-sel-in-schools-susanne-a-denham
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Books

Elias, M. J., Ferrito, J. J., & Moceri, D. C. (2016). The other side of the report card: Assessing students’ social, emotional, and character development. Newbury Park, CA: Corwin Press.
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Reports

Denham, S., Ji, P., & Hamre, B. (2010). Compendium of preschool through elementary school social-emotional learning and associated assessment measures. Retrieved from http://www.casel.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/PDF-14-compendium-of-preschool-through-elementary-school-social-emotional-learning-and-associated-assessment-measures.pdf
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Haggerty, K., Elgin, J. & Woolley, A. (2011) Social–emotional learning assessment measures for middle school youth. Retrieved from http://www.search-institute.org/sites/default/files/a/DAP-Raikes-Foundation-Review.pdf
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Melnick, H., Cook-Harvey, C.M., & Darling-Hammond, L. (2017). Encouraging social and emotional learning in the context of new accountability. Retrieved from https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/encouraging-social-emotional-learning-new-accountability-brief
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Moroney, D., & McGarrah, M. (2015). Ready to assess. Retrieved from: http://www.air.org/resource/are-you-ready-assess-social-and-emotional-development
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Soland, J., Hamilton, L. S., & Stecher, B. M. (2013). Measuring 21st century competencies guidance for educators. Retrieved from https://asiasociety.org/files/gcen-measuring21cskills.pdf
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Vander Ark, C., & Schneider, T. (2014). Assessing deeper learning: A survey of performance assessment and mastery-tracking tool. Retrieved from http://www.gettingsmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/FINAL-Assessing-Deeper-Learning.pdf
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