Social Skills Improvement System Social-Emotional Learning Edition, Teacher (SSIS-SEL Teacher)

General Information on the Measure
Purpose of the measure

The Social Skills Improvement System Social-Emotional Learning Edition (SSIS-SEL) is aligned with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework and measures social-emotional competencies. The SSIS-SEL assessments are a part of a comprehensive system that also includes Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions and classroom instructional materials.

Main constructs measured

Cognitive competencies; Interpersonal competencies; Intrapersonal competencies

Applicable grade levels

Ages 3-18

Publication year for the most recent version


Year originally developed


Related measures
Measure Administration


Method of administration

Paper/Pencil, Digital

Number of items


Item format

Likert-type scale

Administration time

Approximately 10-25 minutes

Available languages

English, Spanish

Fee for use Fee charged by developer
Credentials required for administration

Qualification Level B

Overall score reporting

The overall SEL composite score is reported.

Subscore reporting

There are seven subscores:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decisionmaking
  • Academic skills
  • Core skills
Scoring procedures

Scoring can be done using the scoring manual or using proprietary software available from Pearson.

Interpretive information

Score reports include standardized scores with percentile ranks. Narrative reports include intervention planning recommendations to improve social and emotional competencies.

Evidence of Technical Quality
Populations for which technical quality evidence has been collected

Evidence was collected from teachers (N=12) of students aged 4-8 (N=268) in one suburban school in Queensland, Australia (Elliott et al., 2017).

Reliability evidence

The internal consistency (alpha) estimate for the overall score was 0.93 (Elliott et al., 2017). Test-retest reliability (one month period) was estimated at 0.89 (Elliott et al., 2017).

Validity evidence
Evidence based on content
Adapted from existing instrument (SSIS) and aligned to the CASEL Five model (Elliott et al., 2017). Alignment involved expert review by social behavior researchers and Q-sort performed by six teachers (Elliott et al., 2017).
Evidence based on response processes
Post-project questionnaire was administered to collect information about usability and feasibility (Elliott et al., 2017).
Evidence based on internal structure
Consistent with prior results, female students are consistently rated higher than male students (Elliott et al., 2017). Scores could be used to identify students who were at-risk for social and academic difficulties (Elliott et al., 2017).
Evidence based on relations with other variables
SSIS-SEL scores correlated significantly with SSIS Performance Screening Guide subscales, but showed weaker correlations with the SSIS, with only the social awareness, relationship skills and decisionmaking scales correlating significantly with the Social Skills subscale (Elliott et al., 2017).
Locating the Measure
Obtaining a copy of the measure

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This measure is also reviewed in the AWG Guide.

Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.