Survey provides student feedback on growth mindset, other aspects of SEL

As the conversation grows over how to measure SEL among students grows, gathering their own perspectives is an important part of the picture. States are also beginning to include student surveys as one piece of their accountability plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

An earlier paper from PACE notes that there is “growing confidence” that schools can contribute to the development of students’ social and emotional skills and that SEL and school culture and climate outcomes can also predict performance in academic areas, such as math scores, graduation rates and English learners’ proficiency in English. Because including such measures in accountability systems is new territory for most states, the PACE researchers note that it’s important to learn from the CORE districts — which received a No Child Left Behind waiver to develop their own accountability and improvement system.


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