A recent Forbes article details a meta-analysis of SEL research into how emotional intelligence translates into better grades for students.
The research “analyzed data from more than 160 studies, representing more than 42,000 students from 27 countries, published between 1998 and 2019. More than 76% were from English-speaking countries. The students ranged in age from elementary school to college. The researchers found that students with higher emotional intelligence tended to get higher grades and better achievement test scores than those with lower emotional intelligence scores. This finding held true even when controlling for intelligence and personality factors. What was most surprising to the researchers was the association held regardless of age.”