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Social and Emotional Learning Assessment

Social and Emotional Learning Assessment

Assessing social and emotional learning (SEL) is more than screening student SEL competencies. It includes assessing the fidelity of your SEL program implementation and using SEL data in Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles in a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process.

The DPI's focus in SEL assessment is not to identify students for placement in remediation groups or other intervention programs. Rather, SEL assessment is most useful when used to identify targeted instructional practices for all students, to progress monitor student- and class-wide SEL skill development, and to analyze and monitor the effectiveness of SEL program implementation.

Prior to beginning the modules, it is recommended that you read Making SEL Assessment Work: Ten Practitioner Beliefs. Use the following questions to guide your thinking: 

  1. Were any of the 10 beliefs a surprise to you?
  2. Which of these beliefs are already demonstrated in your school or district?
  3. Which belief(s) may be challenging?
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What Is SEL Assessment?

COMING SOON! Learn more about SEL assessment by completing the modules with your SEL team.

Evidence-Based Assessments

Below you will find evidence-based SEL assessment tools, including a brief description of the tool, a link to the tool's website, a document illustrating how the tool aligns with DPI's SEL Competencies, a closed captioned webinar discussing the tool and its alignment to Wisconsin's SEL work, and the slides that accompany the webinar. Please join the SEL in Wisconsin listserv to be notified of these learning opportunities, and more.

Note that the following information and webinars are not an endorsement by DPI of these products. Assessment tools shared on this page meet two criteria: 1) assessment is an evidence-based program (EBP) as determined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) criteria Tiers 1 and 2 or presence on a national registry of EBP; and 2) the program has aligned their assessment tool to the Wisconsin SEL Competencies. While DPI does not endorse any specific programs or assessment tool, it is recommended that you choose an EBP.

CoVitality

Based on 10 years of research at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), CoVitality is one of the world’s most advanced evidence based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) screeners. The screener was developed through federal grant funding by the Institute of Education Sciences and has been published in over 35 peer reviewed journals. Grounded in the latest theories of positive youth development, this strength-based screener measures 12 personal strengths or assets across 4 domains that have been empirically linked to the most important factors in a child’s social and emotional well being.

Download the alignment tool of CoVitality with the DPI SEL Competencies.

To learn more about CoVitality, visit the CoVitality website, and to learn more about the CoVitality assessment tool and its alignment with Wisconsin's SEL Competencies, view this recorded webinar and slides from September 17, 2020.

Panorama

Panorama provides a valid and reliable way to measure and improve social-emotional learning in your district.

Download the alignment tool of Panorama with the DPI SEL Competencies.

To learn more about Panorama ​​​​​​, visit the Panorma website, and to learn more about the Panorama assessment tool and its alignment with Wisconsin's SEL Competencies, join DPI and Panorma for a webinar on October 8, 2020, at 12:00 pm (CST).

SELweb

SELweb is a web-based direct assessment for K to 6 that is designed to measure SEL competencies that are in the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) model and that are the targets of instruction in evidence-based SEL programs. SELweb provides benchmark data early in the year that educators can use to decide how best to use their SEL program resources to build on student strengths and address student needs. SELweb is evidence-based and was developed with support from the Institute of Education Sciences.

Download the alignment tool of SELweb with the DPI SEL Competencies.

To learn more about SELweb, visit the xSEL Labs website, and to learn more about the SELweb assessment tool and its alignment with Wisconsin's SEL Competencies, view this recorded webinar and slides from September 24, 2020.

Zoo U®

Zoo U® is an evidence-based SEL assessment and a behavioral intervention developed with funding from the US Department of Education. In the program, students are assessed and work towards mastery of six key SEL skills: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control, and Social Initiation.

After each student completes six short assessment scenes at the beginning of the game, you will have access to a personalized report that identifies their strengths and weaknesses. Students can continue on to play 30 intervention scenes, and as they practice within the game, they will become more confident and improve SEL skills in real life!

Download the alignment tool of Zoo U® with the DPI SEL Competencies.

To learn more about Zoo U® ​​​​​​, visit the Zoo U® website, and to learn more about the Zoo U® assessment tool and its alignment with Wisconsin's SEL Competencies, view this recorded webinar and slides from October 1, 2020.

The Wisconsin SEL Development Tracker

The Wisconsin SEL Development Tracker system is an online survey tool suite based on DPI SEL Competencies. These tools are designed to help schools recognize how they can improve SEL, teaching, and professional development in their schools. The three surveys monitor students, teachers and staff, and classrooms in three SEL domains: Emotional Development, Self-Concept, and Social Competence. These surveys may be taken up to four times per school year to track progress trajectories.