Assessing Non-cognitive Skills
By Abner Oakes
ISA's Director of Outreach
With the development of its High School SuccessNavigator™ (HSSN) product, ISA has created a powerful tool to assess non-cognitive factors that affect academic achievement in schools. A research-based, non-cognitive skill assessment, reporting, and resource tool, HSSN looks at nine non-cognitive factors linked to academic success. These nine factors are grouped into four domains:
- Academic Skills-tools and strategies for academic success
- Achievement Motivation-active pursuit of personal and academic goals
- Self-Management-internal reactions and the belief in a personal ability to succeed
- Social Support-connecting with people and student resources for success
|Academic Skills: tools and strategies for academic success||Meeting Class Expectations: Doing what’s expected to meet courses requirements including assignments and in-class behaviors|
|Organization: Strategies for organizing work and time|
|Perseverance: Determination and effort to pursue tasks/goals despite difficulty or delay.|
|Achievement Motivation: active pursuit of personal and academic goals||Commitment to College Goals: Perceived value and determination to succeed in and complete college.|
|Academic Self-Efficacy. Belief in one’s ability to perform and achieve in an academic setting|
|Self-Management: internal reactions and the belief in a personal ability to succeed||Managing Test Anxiety: general reactions to test-taking experiences, including negative thoughts and feelings such as worry and dread.|
|Managing Stress: tendency to feel frustrated, discouraged, or upset when under pressure or burdened by demands.|
|Social Support: connecting with people and student resources for success.||Connectedness: a general sense of belonging and engagement|
|Institutional Commitment: attitudes about and tendency to seek help from established resources|
Initial findings from a recent pilot test with 3,187 students in 23 high schools reveal strong evidence of HSSN’s measurement validity and reliability. HSSN is an adaptation of SuccessNavigator®, ETS’ college student non-cognitive skill assessment, currently used in more than 150 colleges and universities nationwide to identify at-risk incoming freshmen, deliver targeted interventions, and improve first-year retention rates.
The availability of a non-cognitive assessment tool such as HSSN will make it possible for schools and educators to:
- Identify and prioritize non-cognitive skills and behaviors that are most critical for integration into core academic instruction;
- Assess students’ academic and social behaviors and mindsets
- Determine students’ progress on non-cognitive learning indicators; and,
- Collect baseline and annual end-of-school-year data.
To learn more about HSSN, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.