What Makes a Standard: Content Analysis of State SEL Standards

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. think critically about the current content of state standards for K–12 social and emotional learning.
  2. discuss the implications of differences and similarities in SEL standard content across and within states.
  3. better evaluate whether SEL-focused assessments and interventions are aligned with SEL content standards.
  4. understand the purpose and utility of two data analytic techniques: text mining and network graphing.


Although many states are enacting social and emotional learning (SEL) focused standards, little is known about the content breadth of these standards, whether they align with contemporary SEL frameworks, and whether they align across states. Thus, this study utilized text mining and network analysis to evaluate the content of SEL standards from 11 states. Results indicate both similarities and differences in SEL standard content across states. Implications for SEL assessment and intervention will be discussed.



Delaney Boss, University of Florida
Christopher J. Anthony, University of Florida


Katherine E. Matthews


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