Summary: This article reports on the results of CASEL’s design challenge for measuring social-emotional skills. Methods ranged from puzzle-solving, to organizational skills, to reactions of high school students to videos. CASEL’s work groups has determined that more work is needed to create measurement systems that would be able to be implemented on a large-scale basis.
Source: Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, September 27, 2017
CASEL’s Assessment Work Group launched the challenge this year to move beyond the ways that behavior and attitudes are typically measured — through teacher, student and sometimes parent reports. Direct assessments of social-emotional competencies measure actual student performance and involve strategies, such as simulations, game-based applications and performance tasks….After this first challenge, the group concluded that most of the assessments developed so far focus on self-regulation and would be difficult to implement on a large-scale basis. More work is needed, they say, to create direct assessments “that reflect a shared and coherent understanding of what SEL is, that assess multiple components of SEL, and that are practically useful for educators.”
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