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No State Will Measure Social-Emotional Learning Under ESSA. Will That Slow Its Momentum?

Summary:  In a review of state ESSA plans, no state has included measures of Social-Emotional Learning as an indicator.  The article suggests that measures of SEL are not sufficiently developed to be used across all schools. Roger Weissberg of CASEL, said “a group of 20 states that are cooperating to explore social-emotional-learning plans largely favor allowing districts to select and design their own measures to ensure they fit into their strategies.”

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, October 4, 2017

Categories:  Student Achievement, SEL Basics, SEL Research, Assessment Tools




Building a Modern Marshmallow Test: New Ways to Measure Social-Emotional Learning

Summary:  This article reports on a contest to develop a new “Marshmellow Test” – ideas for innovative ways to measure social-emotional learning.  While most of the suggestions were for performance-based tests, concerns were noted about the objectivity of these tests since other factors may influence performance.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, August 10, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Assessment Tools




When Measuring School Climate, Context Is Key

Summary:  This article is by guest blogger Jack McDermott of Panorama Education, a company that has worked with many schools to measure social-emotional learning, school climate, and family and community engagement.

Source:  Peter DeWitt, Education Week, March 5, 2017

Categories:  School Culture/Climate, Assessment Tools




Obama Administration Releases Final Testing Regulations for ESSA

Summary: The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday released final regulations and new guidance governing how testing is supposed to work under the Every Student Succeeds Act. It also announced $8 million in grants to states to improve science tests.

Source: Alyson Klein, Education Week, December 7, 2016

Categories:  Standardized Testing, Assessment Tools, ESSA, Student Achievement




Final ESSA Accountability Rules Boost State Flexibility in Key Areas

Summary:  This article summarizes the final accountability rules for ESSA.  Of particular interest is the measure of school and student success which could include school climate and teacher/student engagement in the mix of performance and accountability measures.  This summary provides a comprehensive view of ESSA and recent changes to the regulations.

Source:  Alyson Klein, Education Week, November 28. 2016

Categories:  School Culture/Climate, SEL Basics, Student Achievement, Assessment Tools.



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How Are Districts Measuring Progress on SEL?

Summary: This article reports on three schools districts in California, Texas, and Illinois that are tracking social-emotional learning.  They value the impact that SEL has on students and leaders from these three districts participated in a recent webinar sponsored by Education Week and Panorama Education reporting on their experiences in tracking SEL data.

Source: Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, November 14, 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Assessment Tools



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5 Reasons Schools Should Measure Chronic Absence

Summary:  This article advocates for using Chronic Absenteeism as the additional school quality measure under ESSA.  The article uses data from the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute to support this choice.

Source:  Elizabeth Nadworny, NPR, November 3, 2016

Categories:  Assessment Tools, School Quality Measures, Student Achievement



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Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

Summary:  This article, adapted from the Handbook of Social Emotional Learning (Guilford Press), provides both evidence and guidance about the importance of building in tools for assessing the results and the progress of social-emotional learning in schools.  The article also reviews a number of specific assessment tools that can be used for this purpose.

Source: Susanne Denham, Edutopia, June 17, 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, Assessment Tools




What If Adjectives Replaced Letter Grades in Student Assessment?

Summary:  This brief article explores the concept of replacing numerical grades with a qualitative narrative following some new business practices by Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Microsoft.  There are, of course, potential positive and negative aspects to this practice and this article lists some of these aspects.

Source: Autumn A. Arnett, Education DIVE, June 6, 2016

Categories:  Student Achievement, Assessment Tools




Georgia Schools Now Evaluated Based on Climate

Summary: The Georgia Department of Education now requires schools to collect surveys from parents, students and teachers, and to consider attendance rates and discipline records in new ratings.

Source: Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, June 7, 2016

Categories: School Culture and Climate, Assessment Tools