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- Point number one should be the most important takeaway from your offer
- The second point should not be as strong as the first
- With point three, we want to highlight an action users will be able to do after they download
Ask any teacher or educational leader – student social and emotional learning (SEL) and the development of noncognitive skills and character strengths is critically important to success in school, and in life.
The research backing up this common sense viewpoint is unequivocal. In fact, many studies find that these attributes contribute as much or more than academic skills to academic achievement, career success and lifelong well-being.
In addition, there’s evidence that some noncognitive skills are easier to improve than cognitive ones, and that these improvements may last longer.
That’s pretty powerful. So it’s no wonder that educators, policymakers, and parents are eager to invest noncognitive skill and character strength development, especially as accountability metrics increasingly incorporate SEL factors.
To target effective interventions, it is essential to have a clear, accurate understanding of existing student skills and strengths. However, until now, growth in SEL programs has far outpaced reliable assessment options.
Comprehensive, reliable noncognitive skill and character strength assessment requires next-generation solutions. Current first-generation tools such as student surveys and self-report tools represent a valuable first step, but too many of them lack compelling scientific evidence for the measurement constructs, use flawed or limited measurement methodologies, are susceptible to faking or coaching, or are too narrow in terms of the scoring, reporting and guidance they seek to provide users.