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  • Washoe County Schools Embeds SEL Assessment in their Climate Surveys

    Washoe County Schools uses an SEL assessment embedded in their climate surveys. All students in grades 5-9 and 11 take the survey annually. It is administered online via a link on their website. Washoe County staff didn’t feel comfortable putting SEL scores on student profiles, so they focus on aggregate reporting. They report on SEL in a simple way: for each SEL domain, they report the percent of students who rated the competencies within that domain as easy or difficult. The data are publicly accessible on their website. The climate survey reports (including SEL data) are generated by a vendor. PDFs of overall school results are compiled with other data and given to schools. They developed survey items in part […]

  • Hoosick Falls Central School District Uses SEL Assessment to Inform Instruction

    Hoosick Falls Central School District in Rensselaer County, New York, has been using the Holistic Student Assessment (HSA) for 5th- to 12th-grade students since 2014. Each school uses physical education and wellness time to administer the survey, which takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Why did you choose the the measure? Our district began to incorporate social-emotional learning seven years ago and wanted an assessment that was student self-reported. The measure’s results dashboard allows teachers to view data trends at the student, grade and school-wide levels. This allows practices to be adjusted to be more responsive to students’ needs. How do you use the measure? Our schools use the data from this measure: To inform instructional practices. We examined […]

  • Continuously Improving SEL in an Out of School Time Program

    Excel Beyond the Bell is a network of out-of-school-time (OST) providers in San Antonio, Texas, that serves more than 55,000 youth per year. As of November 2017, 25 of Excel Beyond the Bell’s providers administer the Developmental Assets Profile (DAP) to 1,200 students twice a year, generally during March and October. The Excel team uses these data to foster continuous improvement in their network by determining where supports may be needed and when resources may exist. Why did you choose this measure? Our OST network wanted to find a tool that could do two things: (1) analyze SE competencies at various levels (e.g., student and program) and (2) provide data universal enough for use across the many OST programs we […]