ESSA & Evidence-Based SEL Solutions
If you are reading this, you are likely interested in how you can use Clymb’s innovative SEL curriculum to provide individualized instruction on SEL skills to your students. One of the most frequent questions we receive is how teachers and administrators can assess student performance across SEL skills. Let’s take a look at how Clymb empowers educators to assess these important metrics through dashboards that visualize data.
What are Clymb’s Dashboards Based Upon?
Before discussing the dashboards in depth, it is first important to explain what they are based upon. Dashboards provide visual depictions of assessment data of SEL skills based upon the CASEL competencies. CASEL is an evidence-based model that measures SEL skills in five major areas: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationships skills, and social awareness. Clymb’s daily student check-in collects data on each of these five areas.
Clymb also utilizes the Delaware Socio-Emotional Competency Scale (D-SECS), a short 12-question peer-reviewed, evidence-based instrument that accurately measures student SEL skills. Students complete this instrument when they begin working with Clymb and again every 30 days. These two measurements – the daily check-in and D-SECS – are utilized by Clymb’s dashboards.
How Do Clymb’s Dashboard Work?
Clymb data dashboards can be viewed by many people. In total, there are four dashboard platforms that are organized by the type of user viewing them: student, educator (teachers, guidance counselors, etc.), organization (school), and large organization (school district).
The student dashboard shows three specific measurements. First, it shows their current D-SECS score. Secondly, it generates an appreciation journal that shows what a student appreciated on a daily basis over time. Finally, it shows a mood log, which tracks student mood over time.
Meanwhile, educators have a more high-level view that incorporates many visualizations and charts. Educators can see all of the data students see plus other breakdowns. Educators can view a number of mood charts that allow them to visualize a student’s mood frequency over a custom period of time. They will also see a line chart that shows the D-SECS score over time. This can not only show student growth but also identify students in need of enhanced support.
The teacher platform provides teachers with access to data on their specific students. For schools, aggregate data can also be viewed by classroom or for the entire school. Meanwhile, the platform for districts allows for comparisons between schools and the performance across the district as a whole. This is important for being able to report on overall outcomes and track performance at the organizational level.
The Importance of Assessing Growth
Every educator knows that assessment is an integral part of a curriculum. This is certainly also true with teaching SEL skills, which is why Clymb has integrated comprehensive assessment and easy to use dashboards as part of its program.
Research has determined that a developmental lens is critical for assessing SEL competencies, which is one of the reasons why Clymb includes dashboards that allow educators to not only look at overall aggregate performance but to also drill down at the student level, helping identify students in need of greater development and support.
Clymb’s efforts at built-in assessment of SEL skills are also critical given the documented lack of access for teachers to valid, reliable instruments. Research has noted that SEL assessments should be evidence-based, comprehensive, work across different age ranges, and be easy to incorporate into the educational environment. Clymb’s assessments and dashboards are constructed in a manner that achieves these benchmarks while empowered educators to take greater control over understanding and enhancing the SEL curriculum.