A strength-based, nationally standardized, valid and reliable tool created specifically for high school.

What is the DESSA-HSE?

The Devereux Students Strengths Assessment-High School Edition (DESSA-HSE), is our version of the DESSA created specifically for high school students. It is a standardized, strength-based measure of the social and emotional competencies of students in grades 9 through 12. Just like the DESSA, the DESSA-HSE provides parents, teachers, and out-of-school-time staff with the ability to assess a child’s social and emotional skills and promote healthy outcomes.

Why Should I Use the DESSA-HSE?

Research-Based: The DESSA-HSE is both nationally standardized and norm-referenced. In addition, it exceeds the recommended standard for rater reliability and assessment validity. For more specific information, visit our DESSA 101 page.

CASEL Aligned: Aperture Education’s 8 social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies are directly aligned to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL) highly-regarded five SEL competency framework.

Multi-lingual: The DESSA-HSE is provided in both English and Spanish, serving all raters – including families – who may not speak English as a first language.

Personalized Use: Along with access to the DESSA-HSE, users also have access to the full suite of growth strategies and foundational practices, as well as 24/7 system support and a team of dedicated implementation personnel. This ensures that each users experience is efficient, yet personalized.

Safe and Secure: See our Privacy Policy for a full statement on our commitment to safe and secure data collection, including adding our signature to the Student Data Privacy Pledge.

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