SEL assessment can support effective teaching and learning by serving two broad goals: to guide instruction (formative assessment); and measure the results of instruction (summative assessment).
As the field of SEL is working to integrate evidence-based SEL programming more systematically into teaching and learning, progress in SEL assessment is accelerating to support these efforts. This report shows SEL assessment has advanced in multiple ways:
- Several SEL assessment initiatives are underway.
- There are a growing number of technically sound assessments.
- There is increasing consensus on what constitutes high-quality assessment and data use.
- There are opportunities to better integrate SEL assessment into the policy and practice context so that it supports teaching and learning.