Infographic | Why It Is Imperative to Assess Social Emotional Learning

EdLeaders, Leadership, Learner Experience, Learning, PreK-12

By Jonathan E. Martin and Jeremy Burrus, Ph.D.

Helping students develop noncognitive strengths is something nearly every teacher addresses daily.

Increasingly schools, districts, networks and states are upping the ante for social-emotional learning (SEL), investing more time, energy and expense into these programs. Accompanying this stepping up is a greater attention to evaluating what’s working and for whom by collecting evidence and assessing needs, opportunities and impact.

It is excellent to see the effort and attention being dedicated to this subject. We now know that social and emotional skills–which overlap with what many call character strengths, and others label noncognitive attributes–are as or more important than intellectual ability and cognitive aptitude for student and adult success in school, college, careers and life.

The following infographic explains more on why it is so important to assess SEL in schools. You can also download a new report on student assessment here.

Download a PDF of the Infographic Here

Tessera Infographic

This post is part of a blog series on measuring SEL and non-cognitive skills produced in partnership with ProExam (@proexam). Join the conversation on Twitter using #SEL. For more in this series, see:


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