The work group for Establishing Practical Social-Emotional Competence Assessments of Preschool to High School students is a multidisciplinary collaborative of leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of PreK-12 education, assessment, social and emotional learning (SEL), and related fields. In this multiyear effort, members of the work group collaborate to make key advancements in student social and emotional (SE) competence assessment.
There are a variety of ways to assess student SE competence. The work group will focus on the need to continually improve assessment approaches and recommend how educators can make the best use of data. Establishing practical SE assessments that are scientifically sound, feasible to use, and actionable is a key priority for the field. However, many challenges must be addressed to encourage progress. The work group has identified four main goals that will guide its activities.
The work group is managed and staffed by CASEL, in close partnership with California’s CORE Districts, Transforming Education, RAND, and Harvard University. Work group members (listed below) are organized in the following teams: steering committee members, work group collaborators, expert advisors, and advisory network members.
Goal 1: Provide practical and timely information to educators about selecting and effectively using currently available SE assessments.
Goal 2: Demonstrate alignment and distinctions among existing SE frameworks and clarify how prominent targets of SE instruction and assessment relate to each other and contribute to students’ development.
Goal 3: Identify and disseminate key design principles that guide researchers and developers in creating practical and informative SE performance measures.
Goal 4: Collaborate with, coordinate with, and learn from ongoing related efforts in the field of SE assessment in order to maximize impact and avoid duplication of efforts.
The Collaborator Network for Social and Emotional Competence Assessment is a unique and powerful opportunity for educators and researchers to exchange ideas, forge new relationships and collaborations, and ultimately help to answer some of the most critical questions about SE assessment today. Join today!.
Steering Committee Members
Sara Bartolino Krachman
CASEL Project Director
CASEL Principal Investigator
University of Minnesota
Yale Center for Emotional
Learning Policy Institute
University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
American Institutes for Research
University of Illinois at Chicago
Work Group Members
Fresno Unified School District
George Mason University
University of Chicago
Washoe County School District
University of Michigan
Educational Testing Service
Minneapolis Public Schools
Stanford Center for Assessment,
Learning, and Equity
Oakland Unified School District