Social and Emotional Learning Standards

Draft Social and Emotional Learning Standards

As part of Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education, Social-Emotional Learning is one of four learning domains supporting Ohio’s goal of preparing each student in Ohio for postsecondary life. Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. Research demonstrates that students who receive support for social and emotional learning in schools do better academically, socially and behaviorally. Social and emotional learning has been shown to positively impact economic mobility and mental health outcomes.

Through a stakeholder-driven process, Ohio teachers, school counselors and education personnel have drafted social and emotional learning standards for grades kindergarten through twelve. The draft social and emotional learning standards are the first step in the Ohio Department of Education’s plan to create resources for districts to voluntarily implement or modify to best meet the social-emotional needs of their students.

The draft social and emotional learning standards are broken down by grade bands (Kindergarten-Grade 3, Grades 3-5, Middle Grades and High School) and provide a continuum of development in five competencies: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision-Making. The draft social and emotional learning standards are for all students, kindergarten through grade 12, with the understanding that each child develops at his or her own rate. The standards represent a continuum of development and a child may excel in one competency and struggle in another.

The draft Kindergarten through Grade 12 Social and Emotional Learning Standards contains background information and the standards which begin on page 5.

The State Board of Education is currently reviewing the draft Social Emotional Learning Standards and approval is anticipated in late summer 2019.

History of SEL at the Department of Education

In 2012, the State Board of Education adopted the Early Learning and Development Standards for children birth – kindergarten. These standards include Social and Emotional Development and include the skills, knowledge and behaviors that children develop within awareness and expression of emotion, self-concept, self-regulation, sense of competence and relationships with others. The Ohio Department of Education provides guidance and professional development around these standards, including implementation guides for teachers.

In 2015, the Ohio Department of Education, with approval from the State Board of Education, extended the social-emotional development standards from kindergarten through third grade.

Starting in 2018, the Department embarked on developing social and emotional learning standards for kindergarten through grade twelve through a stakeholder driven process. 
If you have any questions about the development of Ohio’s Social and Emotional Learning Standards, please contact Linda McKean at for more information.

Last Modified: 6/14/2019 3:10:51 PM