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Social-Emotional Competence

The RS-14 is the short version of the Resilience Scale and is strongly correlated with the Resilience Scale. It consists of 14 of the Resilience Scale items: 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 17, 21, & 23. The scale is a 7-point Likert type scale from 1 (Strongly disagree) to 7 (Strongly agree) for each item. Higher scores mean superior levels of resilience tendencies. Scores are calculated by a summation of response values for each item, thus enabling scores to range from 14 to 98.

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Post secondary

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The Academic Competence Evaluation Scales (ACES) are sold by Pearson and aim to identify students with academic difficulties. There are versions that can be completed by both students and teachers. The Academic Enablers portion of the scales contains 4 subscales: Motivation, Engagement, Study Skills, and Interpersonal Skills. Pearson recommends administering the ACES in combination with the Academic Intervention Monitoring System (AIMS), a guidebook of interventions, and Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS), an assessment of student progress as a result of said interventions, to be used as part of a 5-step problem-solving process for developing and evaluating interventions for academic difficulties.

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This instrument was designed to measure and differentiate empathy and sympathy in adolescents and balance its emphasis on affective and cognitive empathy. The Adolescent Measure of Empathy and Sympathy (AMES), (1) balances the emphasis on affective empathy and cognitive empathy, (2) uses unambiguous wording and (3) distinguishes between empathy and sympathy. The three subscores are affective empathy, cognitive empathy, and sympathy.  

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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The revised Adolescent Resilience Questionnaire comprises 93 items and 12 scales measuring resilience factors in the domains of self, family, peer, school and community. In this context, examination of resilience factors in each nested level is required to develop a comprehensive measure. Salient adolescent ecological ‘levels’ have been identified as the domains of individual, family, peers, school and community.The ARQ is a pen and paper questionnaire with scales in five domains: individual, family, peers, school and community. Items comprise statements with a five point Likert response scale labelled: 1 Never, 2 Not often, 3 Sometimes, 4 Most of the time and 5 All the time.

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Post secondary

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The ARC self determination scale, developed in 1995, assesses the self-determination strengths and weaknesses of adolescents with disabilities, facilitates student involvement in their education,  and aids in developing self-determination goals for students. The assessment yields a total self-determination score and four subscores (autonomy, self-regulation, psychological empowerment, and self-realization). Raw scores are converted into percentile scores using available data on norms. An adult version of the scale was developed later. 

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The Attitudes and Behavior Survey is intended to be used by communities, schools, and programs to enhance the wellbeing of young people. It is primarily used to monitor trends among youth and is not validated for use as a pre and post-measurement. The results can be used to monitor student wellbeing trends, set priorities for state services, and to provide a base framework for work with youth.

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The Basic Empathy Scale (BES) was based specifically on the definition of empathy put forth by Cohen and Strayer (1996) ‘‘as the understanding and sharing in another’s emotional state or context’’. Items within the Basic Empathy Scale were created based on the conceptualization of affective and cognitive empathy. Items for the BES were also based on four of the five ‘basic emotions’ (fear, sadness, anger, happiness). Each scale item asks participants to respond on a Likert scale from 1 representing ‘strongly disagree’ to 5 representing ‘strongly agree’, depending on the degree to which the item described them.

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Post secondary

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The BERS-2 measures personal strengths and competencies in children 5-18. The BERS-2 is a multi-modal assessment system that measures the child's behavior from three perspectives: the child (Youth Rating Scale), parent (Parent Rating Scale), and teacher or other professional (Teacher Rating Scale). The BERS-2 measures six aspects of a child's strength: interpersonal strength, involvement with family, intrapersonal strength, school functioning, affective strength, and career strength.

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The CCTDI (P. A. Facione & N. C. Facione, 1992) was developed, validated, and used to assess students’ disposition toward critical thinking (CT). It consisted of 75 statements, divided into seven subscales: Truth-seeking, Open-mindedness, Analyticity, Systematicity, Self-confidence, Inquisitiveness, and Maturity. Responses were made on a 6-point Likert-type scale. The CCTDI reports a total score, which is the sum of its seven subscales, ranging from 70 to 420. A total score more than 280 indicates a positive overall disposition toward CT. The development and validation process is described in P. A. Facione and N. C. Facione (1992).

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Post secondary

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The CCTST (Facione, 1990; P. A. Facione & N. C. Facione, 1994) was developed, validated, and used for assessing students’ CT skills. It is a standardised, 34-item multiple choice test, non discipline-specific that targets core critical thinking skills. Each item on the CCTST is assigned to one of three subscales: Analysis, Evaluation, and Inference.

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Post secondary

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The CM3 is sold by Insight Assessment and is designed to measure the degree to which a student feels that they are cognitively engaged and mentally motivated toward intellectual activities that involve reasoning. This test contains seven scales of critical thinking: (a) truth‐seeking, (b) open‐mindedness, (c) analyticity, (d) systematicity, (e) confidence in reasoning, (f) inquisitiveness, and (g) maturity of judgment. It offers online and paper formats and a Likert response type. 

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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The Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) consists of four scales, each with six items. The four scales measure concern, control, curiosity, and confidence as psychosocial resources for managing occupational transitions, developmental tasks, and work traumas. A short form also exists. 

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The Children's Empathic Attitudes Questionnaire (CEAQ) is a self-report measure of empathic attitudes (modifiable knowledge structures that influence behavioural choice) towards peers, teachers, other children, animals, or other people.

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade

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The CSSWQ was intentionally designed as a brief measure of cumulative subjective wellbeing. As such, only one or two relevant indicators were selected to represent each wellbeing domain, resulting in a measurement model consisting of five college-grounded positive psychology traits: college gratitude (emotional domain), academic self-efficacy and academic satisfaction (cognitive domain), school connectedness (social domain), and academic grit (behavioral domain)

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: Post secondary

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Self-reported survey designed to assess denial of the existence of racism and racial dynamics. Higher scores on each of the CoBRAS factors and the total score are suggested to be related to greater:  (a) global belief in a just world; (b) sociopolitical dimensions of a belief in a just world, (c) racial and gender intolerance, and (d) racial prejudice.

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This survey uses the risk and protective factor model to assess youth problem behaviors including violence, delinquency, school dropout, and substance abuse. It also includes youth feelings of family relationships and community climate.

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This body of surveys include forms for teacher/staff and parent/caregiver responses in addition to student responses. Each survey can include a number of scales which can be included or excluded according to the goals of the survey administrator. Some of these subscales include academic motivation, experiences in schools, substance use, and peer relationships. The technical reports for each subscale can be found at the following link: http://cayci.osu.edu/surveys/surveys-and-technical-reports/

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The CCTT Level X is designed to assess students’ reasoning ability. The assessment is comprised of 71 multiple-choice, dichotomously scored items that span five subscales: Induction (items 3–25, 48, 50), Deduction (items 52–65, 67–76), Observation (items 27–50), Credibility (items 27–50), and Assumptions (items 67–76). Total administration time is approximately 50 min

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Post secondary

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Form Z is a 52-item multiple-choice paper-and-pencil test. Each item offers a choice of three possible answers. This form of the test is designed for advanced and gifted high school students, college students, and other adults.

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Post secondary

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The CoVitality SEHS, partially funded by IES at the US Department of Education, aligns with national frameworks of social-emotional competencies, measuring student strengths. There are three forms for use in corresponding grade levels: primary, secondary, and higher education. 

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The CAT instrument is a unique tool designed to assess and promote the improvement of critical thinking and real-world problem solving skills. Most of the questions require short answer essay responses, and a detailed scoring guide helps ensure good scoring reliability. The CAT instrument is scored by the institution's own faculty using the detailed scoring guide. During the scoring process faculty are able to see their students' weaknesses and understand areas that need improvement. Faculty are encouraged to use the CAT instrument as a model for developing authentic assessments and learning activities in their own discipline that improve students' critical thinking and real-world problem solving skills. These features help close the loop in assessment and quality improvement.

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: Post secondary

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The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment High School Edition (DESSA-HSE) is designed to assess social and emotional skills in 9-12th graders. It is aligned with the CASEL framework and measures eight SEL competencies (self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, optimistic thinking, decision making, personal responsibility, and goal-directed behavior). Other versions of the DESSA exist, including a K-8 version and short-forms for both the HSE and K-8. 

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This survey is inteded to assess the strengths, supports, and social-emotional factors essential for youth success. It is built on the Developmental Assets Framework, which describes 40 external and internal assets necessary for success and thriving in the future. The DAP shows youth perspectives in many parts of their lives: personal, peers, family, school, and community.

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The ISSAQ Intake Survey assesses the noncognitive skills of students transitioning into college (e.g., through college access programs, advising, first-year experience). The survey addresses twelve factors that represent the behavioral, motivational, emotional, and social domains of college success: organization, quality of focus, engagement, goal commitment, persistence, effort of focus, calmness, coping strategies, self-efficacy, help seeking, sense of belonging, and institutional commitment. These factors are used to articulate students' strengths and challenges, identify their likelihood of academic success and persistence, and connect them with support and resources.

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Dispositional Hope Scale [22] assesses a global trait based hope score for individuals above 15 years old. The scale is in 4-point Likert-type scale ranging from Definitely False to Definitely True. There are twelve items in the scale distributed as follows: pathways subscale (4 items), agentic thinking subscale (4 items) and four negative statements as fillers that aren’t related to hope.

According to Snyder’s (1995, 2002) point of view, hope includes three components: (a) goals that have sufficient value to an individual and require a certain amount of effort to achieve, and (b) Pathways thinking, which refers to the reasonable Pathways that are designed by the individual to reach his or her goals. In addition, when there are obstacles blocking one of the Pathways the individual is able to create alternative Pathways to achieve the goals: (c) Agency thinking, a motivational factor related to hope, which refers to the individual’s perception of his or her own ability to utilise Pathways and strategies to achieve goals

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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The Efficacious Self-Presentation Scale (ESS) is a 36 item questionnaire that measures 6 different dimensions: Social self-confidence; Self-image regulation; Bodily self-confidence; Social sensitivity; Social openness; and Social desirability. All responses are expressed on a 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree).

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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ERICA is a 16 item scale to assess emotion regulation in middle childhood and adolescence. The ERICA was developed in 2009 and yields 3 factors, Emotional Control, Emotional Self-awareness, and Situational Responsiveness. 

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Student-reported exploration of their ethnic identity, resolution of their ethnic identity, and affirmation of that identity.

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The EVC scale was developed based on the Expectancy-Value model to understand motivational factors. This brief 10-item scale is designed to be a rapid measure reflecting student's perceptions of the extent they think they can be successful and the extent that they think a task is worthwhile. This scale allows differentiation between three separate motivational factors (expectancy, value, and cost). Additional research on the cost factor has been done, and a cost scale was developed to contribute to research on the Expectancy-Value Model. There are four subscales in the cost scale: task effort cost, outside effort cost, loss of valued alternatives cost, and emotional cost. This 19-item scale can be found in the appendix: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2015.03.002 

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The Grit Scale measures the extent to which individuals are able to maintain focus and interest, and persevere in obtaining long-term goals. It has 8-item, 10-item, and 12-item versions.

Subdomain: Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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Psychologist Carol Dweck created the 3-item Growth Mindset Scale to measure how much people believe that they can get smarter if they work at it. The scale is freely available.

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Mental Health, Social-Emotional Competence

Five inventories each contain 20 questions about thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with emotional and social impairment in youth. Children and adolescents describe how frequently the statement has been true for them during the past two weeks, including today.

Depression Inventory: In line with the depression criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), this inventory allows for early identification of symptoms of depression. It includes items related to a child's or adolescent’s negative thoughts about self, life and the future, feelings of sadness and guilt, and sleep disturbance.

Anxiety Inventory: Reflects children's and adolescents’ specific worries about school performance, the future, negative reactions of others, fears including loss of control, and physiological symptoms associated with anxiety.

Anger Inventory: Evaluates a child's or adolescent’s thoughts of being treated unfairly by others, feelings of anger and hatred.

Disruptive Behavior Inventory: Identifies thoughts and behaviors associated with conduct disorder and oppositional-defiant behavior.

Self-Concept Inventory: Taps cognitions of competence, potency, and positive self-worth.

Subdomain: Mental Health, Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Post secondary

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The Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC), which is sold by Pearson, aims to measure adaptive behaviors, problem behaviors, and individual thoughts and feelings. It contains multiple evaluation forms: Teacher Rating Scales (TRS) and the Student Observation System (SOS) to be completed by a teacher; Parent Rating Scales (PRS), the Parenting Relationship Questionnaire (PRQ), and the Structured Developmental History (SDH) to be completed by a parent, and the Self-Report of Personality (SRP) to be completed by the student. Each form can be completed separately or in combination. 

Subdomain: Mental Health, Social-Emotional Competence

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The BRIEF was developed in 2000 and assesses a student's executive functioning in the home and school. It includes parent response forms and teacher response forms. Designed to assess the abilities of a broad range of children and adolescents, the BRIEF is useful when working with children who have learning disabilities and attention disorders, traumatic brain injuries, lead exposure, pervasive developmental disorders, depression, and other developmental, neurological, psychiatric, and medical conditions. The BRIEF has eight clinical scales (Inhibit, Shift, Emotional Control, Initiate, Working Memory, Plan/Organize, Organization of Materials, Monitor) and is helpful in indicating attention disorders. The BRIEF has been adapted into 60 languages and for use from age 2-90. Recently, the BRIEF2 was created for ages 5-18. The BRIEF2 is shorter, but has no additional clinical items, allowing for consistency of data collection between the BRIEF and BRIEF2, and results can be translated from the BRIEF to the BRIEF2 to take advantage of new normative data. The BRIEF2 also has increased sensitivity for detecting ADHD and ASD. 

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English Language Arts, Math, Social-Emotional Competence

The CWRA+ is sold by Council for Aid to Education, Inc. It uses Performance Tasks to assess critical-thinking skills. These tasks deliver problem-based assessment by challenging students to address real-life issues. Performance-based assessments, such as CWRA+, challenge students to demonstrate skills, rather than to simply recall information. Students need to be able to analyze and evaluate information, solve problems, and communicate effectively. Students must be able to access, structure, and use information rather than just accumulating facts. This instrument has no published psychometrics and is not widely used.

Subdomain: English Language Arts, Math, Social-Emotional Competence

Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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