In the fall of 2019, 3,355 10-year-old students and 3,117 15-year-old students in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) participated in the Study on Social and Emotional Skills (SSES), part of an international effort led by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with Houston serving as the only U.S. site. The reports provide a snapshot of the social and emotional (SE) skills of both student groups surveyed and shed light on the student populations in need of support at district and campus levels.

Social and emotional (SE) skills refer to the process by which children 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 (OECD, 2015). SE skills can lead to improved outcomes in education, employment, health, and well-being (Kankaraš and Suarez-Alvarez 2019). HISD students in each cohort varied with respect to their levels of SE skills, having reported higher levels of Tolerance, Curiosity, Creativity, Cooperation, Motivation, and Self-Efficacy than other skills. Substantial variation existed across different groups of students.

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