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Assess with Evo Social/Emotional

Build a solid SEL program with reliable assessments. Evo SEL features the DESSA—an empirical, standardized assessment that screens a student’s social-emotional skills. The DESSA complements many different educational models, including MTSS, RTI, PBIS, and Gifted and Talented. It provides a common lens and language for crafting an SEL program that involves educators, parents, and students.

Measure Against Eight SEL Competencies

Gain an accurate picture of each student’s social-emotional strengths and needs with the DESSA. Assess a student with the DESSA, then review scores for eight core competencies. These chosen competencies are believed to be the best predictor of an overall socially and emotionally healthy student.

Measure Against Eight SEL Competencies

Gain an accurate picture of each student’s social-emotional strengths and needs with the DESSA. Assess a student with the DESSA, then review scores for eight core competencies. These chosen competencies are believed to be the best predictor of an overall socially and emotionally healthy student.

Aligned with CASEL Standards

The DESSA assessment contains a nuanced approach to social-emotional skills. While CASEL has defined 5 measures of a student’s social-emotional skills, the DESSA expands into eight competencies, which are believed to be the best predictors of a student’s SEL skills. You’ll gain a comprehensive picture that helps you create a more in-depth and fine-tuned SEL program. The DESSA is the assessment best aligned with the CASEL framework while focusing on student resilience.

Identify kids with needs before those needs emerge

Identify children with social-emotional needs. Use Evo SEL’s DESSA to spot the social and emotional challenges that have been linked to future academic and behavioral difficulties. Pinpoint at-risk children and strengthen their social-emotional skills through instruction.

Focus on What Needs Attention

Find guidance for your SEL initiatives with the DESSA. Evo SEL Assessment and Intervention System provides a detailed look at each student’s DESSA evaluation, allowing you to focus on the core competencies that need attention most. Gain a tool to understand your students and the level and type of SEL intervention they need.

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Build Better Bridges Between Teachers and Parents

The DESSA was designed to incorporate parental involvement. This feature builds bridges between teachers and parents. With the information flowing between the classroom and the home, the effectiveness of your school’s SEL program for your students can be strengthened.

Assessments FAQs

The DESSA Minis are very brief 8-item screener and progress monitor forms available in four equivalent versions.

The DESSA is comprised of 72 items.

The DESSA Second Step Edition (SSE) is comprised of 36 items directly aligned to the Second Step Curricula.

Each item for the DESSA-mini, DESSA, and DESSA-SSE is a question followed by a 5-item likert rating scale for observable and positive student behaviors, consisting of never, rarely, occasionally, frequently, and very frequently.

The DESSA-mini should take 1 minute to complete.

The full-length DESSA should take under 10 minutes to complete, typically 5–7 minutes.

The DESSA-SSE should take around 3–5 minutes to complete.

No. The DESSA-mini, DESSA, and DESSA-SSE can be completed without student involvement. However, raters should know the student for at least four weeks. All ratings are based on observable student behaviors.

The DESSA has garnered critical acclaim in several publications. It has also been recognized by CASEL, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and the Raikes Foundation. Learn more.

Yes. The DESSA and the DESSA-mini have been standardized for national use. Learn more.

Yes. The DESSA was tested to ensure its accuracy is not dependent on who is rating the student. Raters can include parents, guardians, teachers, and out-of-school-time staff. Learn more.

Yes. The DESSA and the DESSA-mini have been tested for reliability and validity. Learn more.

The DESSA can be rated digitally on the Evo SEL platform. It can also be printed off to create paper record forms.

Yes. The DESSA-mini and the DESSA are available in both English and Spanish.