Posted on March 21, 2017

By Julie White

The CORE Districts today announced a design challenge for new, state-of-the-art assessments of social-emotional skills. The goal is to identify next generation assessments that support effective instruction and positive student development.

CASEL’s Practical Social-Emotional Competence Assessments Work Group (AWG) is leading this Assessment Design Challenge. The group seeks a broad range of assessments that measure students’ social-emotional competencies based on performance on challenging tasks or in response to particular situations. Selected proposals will receive a cash prize of up to $5,000. Winners will also receive public recognition (featured pieces in blogs, websites, and other media outlets) and inclusion in a professional network dedicated to advancing social-emotional assessment.
Noah Bookman, Chief Strategy Officer for the CORE Districts said, “We anticipate submissions from educators, assessment development professionals, game designers, and others in fields of education or social-emotional learning. This is the first annual Design Challenge, and submissions will help shape the future of this competition and, by extension, the future of social emotional learning assessments.”

Members of the design challenge team include Noah Bookman, CORE Districts; Clark McKown, Rush University; Jim Pellegrino, University of Illinois at Chicago; Dave Calhoun, Fresno Unified School District; Ben Hayes, Washoe County School District; Robert Jagers, University of Michigan; Ray Pecheone, Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity); Jean Wing, Oakland Unified School District; Laura Davidson, Washoe County School District; and Brian Stecher, RAND.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Read, Manager of Research, CASEL, lread@casel.org, with any questions about the Call for Submissions or the submission process.

Click here for eligibility, application requirements, and an explanation of the review and notification processes.

Click here for the submission form.

A proposal narrative and assessment prototype are due April 20, 2017.