Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Questions about xSEL Labs' assessments?

We have answers to your most frequently asked questions below. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us.

Descripton of SELweb

SELweb is a web-based, direct assessment of social and emotional competencies. There are three versions—SELweb EE (early elementary) for grades K to 3 and SELweb LE (late elementary) for grades 4 to 8. SELweb HS is a student social and emotional competence survey for high school. 

All versions of SELweb measure social and emotional competencies described in the CASEL model–these are life skills associated with success in school and life. SELweb EE and SELweb LE assess four social and emotional competencies: emotion recognition, social perspective-taking, social problem-solving, and self-control. SELweb HS assesses self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The development of these competencies is correlated with reductions in problem behaviors and improvements in social skills, social acceptance and academic outcomes.

SELweb EE and SELweb LE are direct assessments in which students demonstrate their competence by solving challenging social and emotional tasks. For example, to measure emotion recognition, children look at faces and indicate what each person is feeling. With SELweb students demonstrate their competence, similar to typical assessments for academic subjects. SELweb HS is a student survey.

From K to 8, SELweb includes interactive tasks. Click on the following links to see examples for SELweb EE and SELweb LE. SELweb HS is a traditional self-report survey in which students rate statements to indicate how often each statement is true of them.

Yes. All SELweb competencies are part of CASEL’s definition of SEL competencies. Emotion recognition and social perspective-taking are part of “Social Awareness.” Social problem-solving is represented in “Relationship Skills” and “Responsible Decision-Making.” Self-control is part of “Self-Management.” SELweb HS is designed to measure all five CASEL competencies too.

Unlike attendance, discipline, and other administrative data, SELweb provides a measure of student skills that can be used to guide instruction and support positive youth development.

Mental health screeners are designed to identify children with or at risk of a mental health problem. They are important tools for identifying barriers that adults can help remove. SELweb is different because it is designed to measure competencies that we affirmatively want children to develop and that we know are associated with success in school and life. This blog post describes how mental health and social and emotional learning are different, and how they are related.

SELweb Administration

SELweb is designed for group administration with minimal adult training required. Children complete the assessment independently with minimal supervision required. 

Children log in to the assessment and interact independently with a series of tasks. In districts that use Clever or ClassLink, students use their credentials to log in. 

SELweb EE for grades K to 3 takes about 25 minutes and SELweb LE for grades 4 to 8 takes about 35 minutes. SELweb HS takes about 15 minutes. SELweb can be administered in more than one session—when students return, the assessment will continue to their next item.

SELweb is available in English and Spanish.

No. SELweb EE for grades K to 3 is fully illustrated and narrated—no reading skills are required. An animated dog named “Comet” introduces each new module. SELweb LE for grades 4 to 8 is also highly visual and largely narrated. In addition, all text elements include a speaker icon that students can click to have the text read aloud.

SELweb integrates audio and visual representations for feature accessibility. All SELweb EE and SELweb LE subtests are illustrated or include photographic images with voice-over narraton. In SELweb EE, written words are kept to a minimum and written text always includes voice-over narration so that children do not need to be able to read to complete the assessment. In SELweb LE, all text is narrated: Instructions are automatically read aloud and  students can elect to have any written text read aloud by pressing a speaker icon next to the text. 

Most schools administer SELweb twice during the academic year—towards the beginning to gather formative data and towards the end for summative results. Some schools also include an interim winter assessment.

Technical Requirements

No. SELweb is a web-based application that can be used on any device. SELweb is designed to require minimal time and effort from teachers to administer.

Because SELweb is a web-based application the only requirements are a device with a web browser and an internet connection. SELweb is narrated, so we also recommend that children wear headphones while they complete the assessment.

SELweb functions equally well in the context of Windows, iOS, and Android operating systems. It is designed to work on any browser; however, we recommend Chrome or Firefox (2018 or later).

To function properly, SELweb requires a minimum of 2 Mbps per child of local bandwidth.

Our implementation team will work with the district’s IT team to connect your student information system to SELweb. For districts that use Clever or ClassLink or that can push OneRoster formatted rosters, we can automate the rostering process and competlete nightly updates. 

SELweb Reports

Reports are web-based and interactive. Graphs show the percentage of students who perform well above average, in the average range, a little below average, and well below average for each SELweb competency and overall. View summaries at the district, school, grade, classroom, and student levels for a single time point or comparing fall and spring administrations.

Individual student scores are available immediately. Interactive reports are available about one week after the district completes testing. Users can log in to SELweb to access their reports.

Our reports are designed for district administrators, school administrators, teachers, and support personnel.

Our partners use what they learn from SELweb to make decisions about how to focus their existing SEL program resources at Tier I and to inform intervention planning for students who need extra help. Interim and end-of-year assessments measure student improvement in response to instruction.

Yes! This report is a sample district-level report. This report is a sample school-level report. Feel free to click around the reports to see what they include. 

SELweb Usage Guidelines

Most schools use SELweb to guide SEL practice and measure student progress. They begin with formative assessment to understand student SEL strengths and needs; they use this data to focus SEL program resources to build on strengths and address needs; and they reassess after a period of instruction to measure progress. SELweb is also used as an outcome measure for program evaluation and other research studies.

Yes. SELweb is used as a universal assessment to guide the use of Tier 1 resources. Performance on SELweb also helps inform intervention planning for students who additional need behavioral, social, and emotional support.

xSEL Labs can provide parent communication templates on request. In addition, the xSEL Labs team is available to advise on parent communication options.

Pricing

Our pricing is primarily based on the number of students across your school or district. To learn more, please contact us.