Are You Ready to Assess Social and Emotional Development?
A positive school climate and instruction anchored in supporting the social, emotional, and academic needs of all students brings out great potential in both students and teachers alike. When students are engaged, feel safe, and can rely on a consistently supportive environment, teachers can teach without distraction and students can learn with joy.
Education in the 21st century is awakening to a call for students who are not only proficient with academic content but who also have developed the social and emotional (SE) knowledge, attitudes, and skills that are necessary for success in college and careers.
While school and district staff know this and strive to make it a reality, it can be a struggle to align, continuously support, and improve school climate while implementing practices that help students develop the skills needed to be successful in school and in life. The Ready to Assess suite of tools, available at no cost, helps education leaders, practitioners, and policymakers decide whether and how to assess social and emotional development.
The toolkit includes the following:
Invites users to "STOP" and learn about the landscape of social and emotional assessment. Discussed are consideration of whether or not assessment is the right move, how rigorous that assessment should be, and the burden, benefits, and ethics of assessment. Download Brief
- Decision Tree
Helps states, districts, and schools "THINK" about whether and how to use assessments to evaluate students’ social and emotional knowledge, attitudes, and skills with development and critical appraisal of an assessment plan. Download Decision Tree
- Tools Index
Empowers users to "ACT" with confidence to choose from a list of the selected outcomes tools identified by AIR for exploring social and emotional knowledge, attitudes, and skills. Download Tools Index