Federal and state policies create the conditions for social and emotional learning (SEL) to flourish in districts, schools, classrooms, and communities. They help to scale and spread good practice and to foster SEL as an integral part of every student’s education.








Policy Recommendations


  • At the federal level

    We work with the field to support federal efforts to increase funding for research and evidence-based practice related to social and emotional learning. This includes the many opportunities in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), such as heightened interest in using assessments that accurately and constructively measure SEL.

    We also support and participate in the recently launched National Commission on Academic, Social, and Emotional Development.

    Check out CASEL’s brief and webinar on how states are incorporating SEL into their ESSA plans.

  • At the state level

    All 50 states have incorporated SEL into their preschool standards. Many other states are working toward that goal for grades K-12. Learn which states have adopted policies and guidelines to support SEL, information we continually gather through our State Scan Scorecard project.