By Hanna Melnick, Learning Policy Institute It’s an old adage that “what gets measured, matters,” or “what gets reported, gets supported.” Under No Child Left Behind, math and reading tests were what mattered – and as a result, many schools have had a laser focus on the 3Rs, at the expense of social and emotional learning (SEL). What we know about the science of learning and development indicates that this approach is not just wrong-headed, but could actually undermine students’ academic achievement. For students to learn academically, schools must also support their social and emotional development. Luckily, the tide might be turning: A new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires that states include at least one measure […]
Review and Inventory of Measures of “Soft” Skills By Laura Lippman, Senior Technical Advisor, FHI360 and Independent Consultant As the evidence base on the importance of social and emotional skills for fostering multiple positive outcomes grows, international youth development programs increasingly want to focus on developing and measuring those skills (which they tend to refer to as “soft skills” or “life skills,” as those terms are widely used by employers, international youth program funders and implementers, and youth themselves). But which skills to focus on? And how to measure them? To help these programs focus on the skills that are best bets for fostering success in the workplace, positive sexual and reproductive health outcomes, and reducing violent behavior, USAID funded […]
The CORE Districts have long been proponents of measuring student social emotional learning. There is powerful evidence that academic outcomes improve when schools focus on SEL. As California develops its Every Student Succeeds Plan, we are urging policymakers to create an Innovation Zone wherein social emotional learning and other locally-focused improvement measures can count for accountability purposes beginning in the 2017 school year.
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Our Collaborator Network is now 582 members strong and growing! We have had incredible growth to the network in the past few weeks, so thank you to everyone who has joined. We look forward to great collaborations, connections, and communications with all of you. As of August 1, 2017, we have 582 network members from 40 states and 26 countries. If you know colleagues from one of the 10 missing states, encourage them to join today and help us get complete coverage of the U.S. States in the Collaborator Network We have a good mix of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in the network as well. Not all members indicated their roles. We thank you again for your involvement in […]
Invitation to Practitioners: We need YOU! We are working hard to create a guide that can help practitioners select useful social and emotional learning assessments. But we are not practitioners and need your help. The Practical Assessment Guide is designed to help clarify different purposes of assessment and discuss whether specific tools are useful in these ways as well as show how practitioners are already using them in real life settings. We plan to release the online Guide in January. Currently, we have a basic beta version of how one measure page would look and how the site will operate when a person tries to use it to evaluate a potential assessment. What we need are people to go to […]