Among the many actions states can take to support local implementation of quality SEL strategies, policies, and practices, adopting voluntary standards is among the most important. These standards spell out the competencies that students should know and be able to do to support their well-being.

As demand for SEL grows among educators, parents, and students, are states providing support by clarifying expectations about what SEL looks like in practice? Are they providing additional guidance and tools? Yes and yes.

This latest CASEL State Scorecard Scan — the fourth in a series, and the most complete to date — reveals that 14 states now offer K-12 competencies/standards, and the momentum is clearly growing. In addition, 21 states offer guidance and resources to support local implementation.

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