The CoVitality social and emotional health survey (SEHS) was developed using federal grant funding at the Institute of Education Sciences. SEHS is an application of the world’s best social science research to assess the mental health and emotional well-being of all students using a strengths-based approach. It is a research-validated screening tool that uses a dual factor mental health model to provide a complete picture of mental health at both an individual student level and a school wide and district level.

Social Emotional Health Survey

6 Reasons SEHS is the Most Reliable Tool


Developed using 20 years of research by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).


Uses the dual-factor model of mental health, assessing student's personal strengths while identifying current distress


Focuses on every student across age groups and gender, thus ensuring that no child is left behind.


The algorithm is based on the best social science research for assessments


30+ published studies prove that the SEHS is very reliable


The assessment correlates to school-based outcomes and can be applied to support the overall goals of any school

The CoVitality Framework aligns with nationally recognized student SEL competencies measured across 12 strength areas

Emotional Competence

1. Emotional Regulation 

2. Empathy

3. Self-control

Engaged Living

4. Optimism

5. Zest

6. Gratitude

Flourishing, Successful Students



10. Family Coherence

11. Peer Support

12. School Support


7. Self-Efficacy

8. Persistence

9. Self-Awareness

Why CoVitality is Special 


Measures Strengths, Not Deficits

Everyone has strengths and areas of growth. CoVitality shifts the language we use to describe a child's mental health from deficit based to strength based.

Dual factor model of
mental health

CoVitality uses a dual factor risk assessment model to provide a complete picture of students mental health and psychological well-being at both the individual, and school/district-wide, level.

Validated by

Funded by the federal government and published in over 35 peer reviewed journals, this is the most research validated social emotional assessment in the world.

Reliable Results from
Worldwide Application

CoVitality has been administered all over the world resulting in translations of the survey into multiple languages and very reliable norms across cultures, ethnicities, and languages.

There are significant benefits in assessing student mental health and providing SEL programming during their formative years

Academic Gains

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) provides national data to support the importance of embedding social and emotional development in schools. Data meta-analysis indicated that students receiving high-quality SEL instruction have achievement scores on an average of 11 percentile points higher than students who did not receive SEL instruction

Long lasting Positive Life Outcomes

SEL benefits continue long after graduation. An Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) study revealed that the absence of SEL correlated with unfavorable outcomes such as increase unemployment, divorce, poor health, crimminal behavior, and imprisonment

Lifelong Return on Investment 

Colombia University researchers have found that for every dollar invested in SEL programming there is an $11 return in long-term benefits. These benefits include reduced juvenile crime, higher lifetime earnings, and better mental and physical health 

Social-emotional learning teaches young students how to cope with everyday disappointments as well as the deep cuts of trauma. For the most at-risk students, who live in poverty and/or who may witness or experience traumatic experiences, SEL is an extraordinary tool for repairing the damage and for building lifetime coping skills

Strengthens Resiliency and Coping Skills

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