The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment

A standardized, strength-based measure of the social and emotional competencies of children in kindergarten through 8th grade.

What is the DESSA?

The Devereux Students Strengths Assessment (DESSA), originally developed by the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, is the assessment portion of Aperture Education’s Evo Social/Emotional Assessment and Intervention System. It is a standardized, strength-based measure of the social and emotional competencies of children in kindergarten through 8th grade. Grounded in resilience theory, the DESSA provides user-friendly, practical tools that meet the highest professional standards. With the DESSA, parents, teachers, and out-of-school-time staff can assess a child’s social and emotional skills and promote healthy outcomes.

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Why Should I Use the DESSA?

Assess skills related to social-emotional competence, resilience, and academic success.

Measure outcomes of social and emotional learning programs, and compliance with social and emotional learning standards at the individual, class, school, and district level.

Identify a child’s social and emotional strengths and potential need for an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Enhance teacher practice with unique interpretation tools found only in the DESSA, DESSA-mini and DESSA-SSE.

User-friendly: Thorough training available for all staff. No special certification required.

Safe and Secure: See our Privacy Policy for a full statement on our commitment to safe and secure data collection, including COPPA and FERPA compliance.



Identify Student Strengths Using Social and Emotional Competencies

The DESSA-mini provides a Social & Emotional Total (SET) Score for screening and progress monitoring.
The DESSA covers the following social and emotional competencies:





Learn More with the DESSA 101

For more detailed information on the DESSA – including awards, research studies, and success stories – visit our DESSA 101 page.

FREE Webinar about the DESSA!

Take a peek at this archived webinar to learn more about the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment and how it can help you support a valid and reliable social and emotional learning program at your school.

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