Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Kettler on winning the 1st place for the AWG Design Challenge!

Jun, 2018

A group of GSAPP-affiliated researchers – Ryan J. Kettler (School Associate Professor), Kelly A. Feeney-Kettler (former instructor), and Leah Dembitzer (School ’16) won first place in a competition to design a direct assessment of social-emotional skills. Drs. Kettler, Feeney-Kettler, and Dembitzer designed the Selected Response Assessment of Social Emotional Competence (SRASEC), a direct measure of students’ social, emotional, and behavioral knowledge, particularly within the context of elementary school environments in the United States.

Upon completion, the SRASEC will be used to:

(a) formative inform areas for selected and targeted preventive interventions;

(b) reflect the change in social-emotional competence;

(c) measure socio-emotional competence via testing to compare and complement achievement test scores.

The competition was hosted by the Assessments Work Group of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), who provided a $5,000 award. More information on the competition is available at

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