Social and Emotional Learning in Policy

Policies that affect social and emotional learning can play a critical role in establishing SEL as an essential element of pre-K-12 education. Policies at many different levels—federal, state and local—play a key role in determining the priority schools give to SEL in the curriculum and in assessing students’ learning of the basic SEL competencies. CASEL continually monitors and advocates for such policies.

State Policy: Standards for Social and Emotional Learning

State learning standards are a primary driver of curriculum and assessment. States are increasingly including social and emotional learning in their standards. For nearly three years CASEL has been conducting a nationwide scan of state standards for SEL.

The state scan project has produced numerous reports and, most recently, a scorecard comparing state SEL standards for preschool and grades K-12. Read more.

Federal Policy and Legislation

CASEL works with a bipartisan group of federal policymakers to advance legislation that promotes SEL across the United States. Learn more.

Policy Recommendations to Sustain SEL

To maximize the benefits of SEL, key policies and strategies must be pursued that sustain SEL initiatives across the country. Learn more about our policy recommendations.