Measuring the Soft Skills: What Reporters Need to Know

Should schools measure skills like cooperation, communication, self-confidence and the ability to organize? Efforts to gauge these so-called “soft skills” are gaining traction in the classroom, especially with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The new federal law calls on states and school districts to incorporate at least one measure beyond test scores and graduation rates in their accountability systems.

States like California are exploring the possibilities, and a group of eight California school systems, known as the CORE districts, have already started measuring social and emotional learning for accountability purposes.

A pair of experienced journalists offers guidance on covering the push to measure soft skills in schools, including key questions for reporters to ask and stories to steal.

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Measuring the Soft Skills: What Reporters Need to Know


  • Dec. 14, 2016, 2 – 3 p.m. EST


  • Evie Blad, Education Week
  • Jane Meredith Adams, EdSource