Assessment Work Group

  • 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.

  • Three-Year Goals

    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.


  • Collaborators’ Network

    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

      Noah Bookman
      CORE Districts

      Katie Buckley
      Transforming Education

      Laura Hamilton

      Stephanie Jones
      Harvard University

      Sara Bartolino Krachman
      Transforming Education

      Clark McKown
      Rush University

      Brian Stecher

      Jeremy Taylor
      CASEL Project Director

      Roger Weissberg
      CASEL Principal Investigator

    • Project Advisors

      Dale Blyth
      University of Minnesota

      Marc Brackett
      Yale Center for Emotional

      Linda Darling-Hammond
      Learning Policy Institute

      Angela Duckworth
      University of Pennsylvania

      John Easton
      Spencer Foundation

      Mark Greenberg
      Pennsylvania State University

      Kenji Hakuta
      Stanford University

      David Osher
      American Institutes for Research

      Jim Pellegrino
      University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Work Group Members

    Dave Calhoun
    Fresno Unified School District

    Susanne Denham
    George Mason University

    Camille Farrington
    University of Chicago

    Ben Hayes
    Washoe County School District

    Robert Jagers
    University of Michigan

    Pat Kyllonen
    Educational Testing Service

    Eric Moore
    Minneapolis Public Schools

    Ray Pecheone
    Stanford Center for Assessment,
    Learning, and Equity

    Michelle Steagall
    CORE Districts

    Marty West
    Harvard University

    Jean Wing
    Oakland Unified School District