EDUCATION FOR TOMORROW'S WORLD

Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills

The Salzburg Statement for Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills

Social and emotional skills are crucial for the wellbeing and happiness of every child. They are relevant for educational outcomes, for employability prospects and for addressing the kinds of global challenges that the Sustainable Development Goals seek to address.

Social and emotional skills can help societies meet the needs of all of their young people, their families and communities and in the long term save governments money. Despite this there is still much more focus on cognitive and academic skills development in schools and higher education.

We, the participants of the Salzburg Global Seminar session Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills (December 4 to 9, 2016), believe that global education policy and practice now needs to focus on the development of the whole person from earliest childhood to emerging adulthood.

Full Statement (PDF)