This 2011 research review was designed to assist middle school educators with choosing appropriate measures of social and emotional skills over time. Children with strong social and emotional (SEL) skills have been shown to excel in school, and quality SEL programs are imperative to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of students. The purpose of this research review is twofold: to identify reliable school-wide assessments to gauge the social/emotional well-being of youth and identify school needs, and to help schools and districts identify tools that can be used to measure the success of any SEL programs put in place. Researchers reviewed 73 assessments. Ten met their required criteria and are described in the report.
This research review will be helpful to any school or district leaders, educators, or support staff researching options for SEL assessments and programs for their schools.
Source Organization: Social Development Research Group, University of Washington