SEL Field Notes | September 13

This newsletter is curated by the American Institutes for Research and CASEL for the MeasuringSEL Collaborator Network and aims to keep you engaged with news, research, and resources relevant to measurement and data in the field of social and emotional learning.
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Research and Deep Dives
Education Week: What schools need to know about threat assessment techniques
Armed teachers and bulletproof backpacks may have captured the headlines, but quietly, another school safety strategy has been rapidly expanding: behavioral threat assessment. In the 2019-20 school year, schools in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, and Texas must begin using threat assessment in their schools. It’s a prevention-based strategy that, in theory, means serious threats are stopped, while less serious ones trigger a review of a student’s mental-health, behavioral, or academic supports. Read on to learn about threat assessment’s origins, how it’s practiced, and why some privacy experts still have questions.


Center for American Progress: Elevating student voice in education
Students have the greatest stake in their education but little to no say in how it is delivered. This lack of agency represents a lost opportunity to accelerate learning and prepare students for a world in which taking initiative and learning new skills are increasingly paramount to success. Given the assumption that student voice can increase student engagement, such efforts to give students more ownership of their education may be linked to improvements in student outcomes.


Measurement in Practice
Las Vegas Sun: Clark County schools start communitywide strategy to reduce absenteeism
A new pilot program initiated by the Clark County School District with assistance from partner organizations aims to solve a recurring problem in Las Vegas: Students missing school. During the 2017-18 school year, for which the Nevada Department of Education has the latest data available, 20.7% of students in Clark County schools missed 18 or more school days, or 10% of the school year. The pilot program will incorporate low-cost practices that have worked in other school districts to reduce chronic absenteeism rates across all grades and all students.

Education Dive: Building and scaling interventions to support every student
As schools serve student populations with increasingly complex academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs, a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) is proving to be beneficial for identifying, prioritizing and supporting students. Educators and district leaders report the MTSS student support framework has empowered them to provide support to students before a problem occurs, ensuring no student falls between the cracks.



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