It is widely recognized that social and personal skills (i.e., perseverance, motivation, teamwork, etc.) are highly predictive of life achievements and long-term well-being, such as lower levels of school dropout, physical and mental health issues, and conflict. It is also well established that a comprehensive integration of these non-cognitive skills in the educational curriculum is essential to make lifetime progress.
The objective of this trial is to test the causal impact of integrating formative assessment on social and emotional skills on academic performance and non-cognitive skill development through a novel methodology called Pentabilities. The Pentabilities methodology enables teachers to observe and give feedback on a concrete set of observable, measurable, and identifiable behaviors in active classroom environments that characterize non-cognitive skills. The teachers are given 5-6 months to implement the proposed methodology. The trial involves 40 Catalan secondary schools that mainly serve at-risk populations.