Assessment

Staff Rating of Youth SEL Skills

By David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality from David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

Create a baseline profile for the social and emotional skills of the youth you serve and what it looks like when these youth are demonstrating SEL in your program.

Please read the Assessing Youth SEL Skills Strengths Builder that accompanies this tool.

  1. Ask the staff member who is the lead for the program offering to complete the SEL Staff Rating Survey (Download Here) for a few program youth (available at SELpractices.org). For the first time through, we recommend:

  2. Review the important note on the first page of the automated SEL Staff Rating Survey. If you cannot comply with this criteria, do not continue.

Quote markIMPORTANT NOTE: Data on youth behavior must be collected under conditions that assure protection of the youth. Use of this measure should include a data collection plan that is approved and monitored by a qualified evaluator or data collection manager. IF YOUR PROGRAM DOES NOT MEET THESE CRITERIA, DO NOT PROCEED.

  1. Select a sample of youth from your roster – it is not necessary to collect information on all youth.

  2. An instructional staff member who knows the youth well enters the names of selected youth into the top row of the the tab(s) based on which SEL skill domain(s) were selected. This staff member rates each item for all selected youth. If applicable, using the second tab for the same domain(s), ask a second staff member to complete all items for at least three youth they are familiar with. The names of the youth do not need to match in the two tabs.

  3. Once all items have been completed for all selected youth by all desired raters, select the PERFORMANCE REPORT tab to view a report that shows the averages of each rater for all youth, and the average of the two raters’ scores (if applicable). You can print the relevant pages for the domain(s) you rated.

Further Reading

Strengths Builder

Assessing Youth SEL Skills

From Staff, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

Strengths Builder

Assessing Your SEL Curriculum Design

From Staff, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

Strengths Builder

Assessing your SEL Practices

From Staff, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

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