• Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the only U.S. district selected to participate in an international study on social and emotional skills. The study is led by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in partnership with the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) at Rice University. The study will measure a set of social and emotional skills, based on the Big Five personality traits, plus compound skills, including:   

    Big Five Personality Traits


    The data gathered from this survey will be used to (i) help identify factors that support the development of social and emotional skills; and (ii) consider what these skills look like in an international context. This study has a direct connection to HISD’s vision for social and emotional learning to coordinate the implementation and growth of culturally-responsive and emotionally safe learning environments.

    In HISD, the study will have 2 phases:

    1) Field Study: October – November 2018

    2) Main Study: October – November 2019 (exact dates TBD)

    One thousand (1,000) students across thirty (30) HISD schools are being randomly selected to participate in the field study this fall. In fall 2019, six thousand (6,000) HISD students will participate in the main study. For every student who participates, a parent, teacher, and principal will complete a questionnaire, as well. Stipends for survey completion are offered to the adult participants.

    The study is taking place in 11 sites around the world:

    Participating Countries



  • A list of answers to frequently-asked questions about the study is available here.

     Frequently Asked Questions:  OECD Frequently Asked Questions(English)   English ,  OECD Frequently Asked Questions (Spanish)   Spanish

     If you have any questions, please send an email to oecdsses@houstonisd.org, or call HISD’s Department of Research and Accountability at 713-556-6700.