SEL PQA Resources

This 19-minute workshop provides background on social emotional learning, how the Weikart Center supports practitioners and networks in improving the quality of social emotional practices and a general overview and orientation to the Social and Emotional Learning Program Quality Assessment (SEL PQA).

Drawing on research supported by SCE, the Wallace Foundation, Raikes Foundation and several Weikart clients, the Program Quality Assessment (PQA) has been extended to include core content in several domains of social and emotional learning. The revised tool introduces scales in empathy, emotion coaching, problem solving, and mindfulness and pulls higher order thinking items and learning strategy items from the Academic Skill-Building/Summer Learning PQAs. The SEL PQA also reflects more rigorous criteria for some traditional PQA scales. The new tool is applicable to both School Age (grades K-6) and Youth (grades 4-12).

Please note that this tool is currently being piloted and subject to minor revisions.  We encourage you to check this page regualrly for updates.  We are conducting implementation and validation studies for the SEL PQA and the related youth skills measure, the Staff Rating of Youth Behavior in 2018-2019. For more information about the tools or our related training and technical assistance supports, please contact


Updated 11/8/2017                

 Updated 8/9/2018                                                                                                             Updated 10/4/2017


A summary of changes to the SEL PQA  (August 2018) is available here. 

Please provide your feedback on the SEL PQA or related training supports here.


Network Leads: For an overview of ways to integrate SEL into your YPQI cycle, please see this Network Leader Roadmap webinar

SEL Reports: For an overview of the Weikart Center’s new SEL PQA and SRYB reports, please see this recorded webinar.


Click on the links below to access more SEL PQA resources.