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SSES is the international Survey on Social and Emotional Skills

The Survey measures the skills that are most important for life, especially for academic achievements and employment.

Engaging with others

Emotion regulation


Task performance


1 Why


The Survey photo1 is conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for the first time on a large scale around the world, joined by photo2 Ukraine as a participating country.

SSES is to determine the factors that support or hinder the development of social and emotional skills. For this purpose, 10-year-old and 15-year-old students from 15 countries will be involved.

Social and emotional skills (also called soft skills, or the 21st century skills) are individual capabilities, features, and characteristics that can be developed across the lifespan and are important for academic achievements, competitive benefits on the labor market, active citizenship, and human well-being. These skills include behavioral patterns, inner states, problem solving approaches, the ability to control one’s actions, understand emotional states, and manage them.

SES are important for:

  1. academic achievements
  2. competitiveness on the labor market
  3. active citizenship
  4. human well-being

SES include:

  1. behavioral patterns
  2. inner state
  3. approaches to problem-solving
  4. ability to manage one’s actions
  5. ability to understand and manage emotional states
  6. ideas about oneself and the world that get reflected in relations with surroundings
2 Who

Who conducts SSES

SSES is conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development photo
  • the leader in monitoring of education and science,
  • the organizer behind the globally renowned PISA education quality assessment,
  • OECD has been conducting Survey on Social and Emotional Skills, SSES, since 2019.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

To the OECD website

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been a reliable partner of Ukraine in matters related to its introduction of democratic reforms, economy development, improvement of the public administration sector, etc.

  • OECD and Education

    One of important areas of OECD’s activities is introduction of various projects aimed at development of education systems. OECD has been conducting large-scale education research like PISA and PIAAC, the results of which are used to create recommendations on drafting education policies and reforms for development of education sectors of various countries.

  • Educational Projects
    by OECD in Ukraine

    In 2016, Ukraine joined PISA, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, aimed at comparing education systems of about 80 countries of the world through measuring students’ ability in reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges. PISA results are the source of unique data that allow making political decisions in education sector as well as learn and adopt best practices of the world’s leading education systems.


We can’t but mention the support for Ukraine provided by Andreas Schleicher, OECD’s Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General. This globally renowned expert does his best to create conditions for implementation of OECD’s educational projects in Ukraine

3 for what

The need in SSES


Andreas Schleicher

the Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the OECD


Academic schooling outcomes… are just part of the story of what makes individuals, businesses and countries successful. Employers greatly value such skills and many education and skills systems seek to prioritize their development. But it has always proved difficult to measure such skills in reasonably reliable and comparable ways, and what isn’t measured rarely gets improved. With this work, we are opening a new chapter on this.


Dr. Sue Thomson

educator, Australian Council for Educational Research, SSES global manager


The development of cognitive, social, and emotional skills interacts and, in this interaction, are mutually influenced. For example, children who have strongly developed skills in self-control or perseverance are more likely to finish reading a book, or finish their homework, which in turn contributes to further enhanced cognitive skills. More education systems identify social and emotional skills as being of primary importance in the development of 21st century skills.


Oleksandr Elkin

the Head of the Board of EdCamp Ukraine NGO

Over the past year, we got a lot of evidence from Ukrainian teachers who teach SEE Learning about how efficient and helpful social and emotional learning has been and how powerfully it has been supporting students, parents, and educators amid the war, threats, and uncertainty. Therefore, it’s extremely valuable to measure what promotes and what hinders the development of social and emotional skills to be able to lean on this experience when revitalizing Ukraine after the war. The Survey will also help us explore the role of the New Ukrainian School in this process.


Serhii Babak

the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Education, Science, and Innovations

Ukrainian school graduates are on average lagging two years behind their European peers in terms of academic achievements. While PISA measures this through assessing educational losses, SSES does so by exploring social and emotional skills. Not only with students, but also with teachers and parents.


Ruslan Gurak

the Head of the Service of Education Quality of Ukraine

SSES will allow us to look at ourselves from outside our education system. The Survey will reveal pros and cons in the implementation of Ukraine’s education strategy. We will be able to see where things should be improved, and to work on education policies, teacher training and retraining practices, cooperation with parents and students, with communities and education managers. We will be able to strengthen certain components of social and emotional skills and improve our efforts to let students develop soft skills in schools.


Serhii Koleboshyn

the Head of the Advisory Council for Promotion of General Secondary Education System Development under the President of Ukraine

This is not a one-day endeavor. A change in education can only show in two years. We can buy new equipment and open a new school. But seeing a teacher who thinks outside of the box, who is loved and listened to by students — this is a complex evolutionary process.


Tetiana Vakulenko

the Director of the Ukrainian Center for Education Quality Assessment, the national coordinator of PISA in Ukraine

For the participating countries, the international research on education is, on one hand, an inexhaustible source of information about various experiences and approaches in the area of education; on the other hand, it is an ultra modern platform for a dialogue with leading global and regional leaders in politics, management, analytics, and educational practice. And, most importantly, it is a mirror that allows seeing the state of Ukrainian education objectively, without distortions, embellishments or prejudices.


Ivan Bekh

the Director of the Institute of Current Challenges in Education at the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine

The Survey on Social and Emotional Skills is extremely needed for the system of general secondary education of Ukraine because this sphere of personality development remains a terra incognita, an unknown land. Until now, Ukrainian pedagogical science, with regard to personality development, has been ratio-centered. SSES will provide an opportunity to enrich it with important data on the formation of social and emotional skills of students, in particular those who study the SEEL program.


Andrii Lytvynchuk

the First Deputy Director of the Institute of Educational Analytics

SSES is based on standardized approaches to sample formation, which ensures comparability of the results of Ukraine with other countries, including identification of strengths and weaknesses of the system. The stratified general population of Ukraine’s schools with a number of sub-parameters allows obtaining national results with the detailing required for qualitative analysis. The sample support team from OECD, represented by the Spanish 2E Estudios, Evaluaciones e Investigación, works with the Ukrainian team as quickly and professionally as possible.

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