The DESSA stands for the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment, a nationally normed and standardized, strength-based assessment for students in kindergarten through 8th grades. The DESSA was co-authored by our VP of Research & Development, Paul LeBuffe, to assess and understand a child’s social and emotional competence. It has been tested and validated by extensive research, and emphasizes a student’s social and emotional strengths rather than deficits. The DESSA measures eight social and emotional competencies across 72 items: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Personal Responsibility, Decision Making, Goal-Directed Behavior, and Optimistic Thinking. The DESSA can be administered on Aperture Education’s SEL system, Evo Social/Emotional.