Measuring Quality: Assessment Tools to Evaluate Your Social-Emotional Learning Practices 


This guide is designed to help school districts and their partner organizations identify tools to assess the quality of their practices in relation to social-emotional learning (SEL). We’ve reviewed ten commonly available program quality assessment tools, aligned with the five quality standards identified by the Expanded Learning 360º/365 initiative as critical practice areas for SEL. The practice areas are: safe and supportive environment; active and engaged learning; skill building; youth voice and leadership; and diversity, access, and equity.


Featured Assessment Tools:


Self-Assessment Tools:
  • California After School Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool (CAN-QSA; California Afterschool Network)
  • California High School Program Quality Self-Assessment Rubric (CAN-QSAR; California Afterschool Network)
  • Exemplary Practices in Afterschool Program Development: Rubrics for Tracking Internal Progress (Center for Collaborative Solutions and the Community Network for Youth Development)
  • National AfterSchool Association Core Knowledge and Competencies Self-Assessment Tool (National AfterSchool Association)
  • New York Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool (NYSAN-QSA; New York State Afterschool Network)
  • Self-Assessing Social and Emotional Instruction and Competencies (Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at American Institutes of Research)
  • SEL Strengths Builder (David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality at the Forum for Youth Investment)


Observation Tools:
  • Assessment of Program Practices Tool (APT; National Institute on Out-of-School Time)
  • Program Quality Assessment (PQA; David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality at the Forum for Youth Investment)
  • Quick CASP (National Summer Learning Association and ASAPconnect)


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