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.
What Is SEL Assessment?
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. Webinars will begin in September 2020. Please join the SEL in Wisconsin listserv to be notified of these learning opportunities, and more.
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 here.
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, join DPI and CoVitality for a webinar on September 17, 2020, at 12:00 pm (CST).
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 here.
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, join DPI and SELweb for a webinar on September 24, 2020, at 12:00 pm (CST).
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 here.
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, join DPI and Zoo U for a webinar on October 1, 2020, at 12:00 pm (CST).
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. To access this free resource, click here