DESSA System Assessment Tool

Our partner, Aperture Education’s social and emotional assessment and intervention system featuring the nationally recognized Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) and DESSA-mini.

A Comprehensive, Cloud-Based System to Measure SEL

The DESSA System is a comprehensive, cloud-based system used to assess, inform and improve the social and emotional skills of children both in-school and out-of-school. It features the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), an empirical, standardized and strength-based assessment that provides reliable data on the strengths of students’ social and emotional skills, as well as areas where students may need additional instruction.

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DESSA Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Inventory

Identify Student Strengths Using Social and Emotional Competencies

The DESSA covers the following social and emotional competencies:

Reliable, Evidence-Based Assessment Tool

With over twelve years of research behind it, the DESSA is one of the most reliable tools to assess social and emotional skills. Paired with the award-winning technology available within the DESSA System, it offers reliable and user-friendly data that schools and out-of-school-time programs can count on.

The DESSA has been cited by a number of research and media organizations for its strong research-based foundation, emphasis on promoting the social and emotional strengths of children, and ability to be used in conjunction with many other effective SEL programs.

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Leverage the Power of DESSA SEL Assessment in Kickboard Tools

The DESSA SEL Inventory, available through Kickboard, is a set of student behaviors for real-time monitoring that is derived from the DESSA. The DESSA SEL Inventory offers Kickboard users a curated set of 40 behaviors related to eight social-emotional competencies.

Assessment Tools to Measure Student Skills & Development

Along with the DESSA and DESSA-mini (a shorter, but still reliable 8-question screener), DESSA System users have access to research-informed Intervention Strategies and Foundational Practices, used to bolster social and emotional skills on eight SEL competencies. These strategies can be used universally (large group settings, like a classroom), in small groups, individually, or as take-home assignments. In addition, each competency comes with a teacher reflection activity – allowing users to understand their own social and emotional strengths and areas of need.