14 02, 2019

4 Tips for Considering Rater Bias When Selecting an SEL Assessment

By |2019-02-26T19:27:14+00:00February 14th, 2019|DESSA, Research, SEL|0 Comments

“Rater bias” is present when a significant amount of variation in an assessment’s scores can be attributed to factors related to the person completing the assessment, rather than factors related to the skills being assessed. For example, consider a teacher-completed assessment of students’ SEL skills. If all male teachers tend to rate students as exhibiting [...]

26 04, 2018

DECA/DESSA Blog Series, Part III: How Educators Can Help Families Support Their Children’s SEL Development

By |2019-01-28T19:42:56+00:00April 26th, 2018|DESSA, Research|0 Comments

Books, Games, and Videos: Activities to Help Families Support SEL Development at Home DECA/DESSA Blog Series, Part III This is the third in a series of posts from Aperture Education’s Senior Research Associate, Jennifer Robitaille. Before joining Aperture Education, Robitaille worked with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. She has worked extensively on both the [...]

8 02, 2018

Meeting ESSA Title IV Requirements with the DESSA

By |2019-01-29T20:19:27+00:00February 8th, 2018|DESSA, ESSA, Legislative|0 Comments

Meet ESSA Title IV SEL Requirements It happens every spring. As schools begin planning next year’s budgets, we are approached with questions from educators who are sold on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and are looking for ways to fund it for the following year. We’ve previously shared tips on how to leverage Title IV [...]

4 01, 2018

SEL Assessments vs Surveys: What You Need to Know

By |2019-01-29T20:20:53+00:00January 4th, 2018|DESSA, Research, SEL, SEL Data|0 Comments

As Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) continues to grow in prominence, more and more states and districts are adopting SEL standards. Just as with academics, SEL standards ensure accountability and help educators plan, implement, and assess student learning. For this reason, schools need access to well-researched, evidence-based assessments that align to SEL best practices and [...]

7 12, 2017

Looking for a Social and Emotional Assessment? The DESSA System Aligns with Many Popular SEL Programs!

By |2019-01-29T20:24:15+00:00December 7th, 2017|DESSA, Research, SEL Data|0 Comments

Improve Your SEL Program with Actionable, Evidence-Based Data Assessments are integral to any social and emotional learning (SEL) program. Data is a powerful tool to help educators identify students’ needs and, through progress monitoring, strengthen the quality of instruction. Assessments also can be used to help school or program leadership evaluate the effectiveness and ROI [...]

21 09, 2017

Don’t Wait for Next Year ― Start Collecting SEL Data Now!

By |2019-01-29T20:32:17+00:00September 21st, 2017|DESSA, SEL Data|0 Comments

The days are starting to get cooler, and teachers and students are settling into the swing of the school year. Educators have established classroom routines and are forging ahead through their lesson plans. As you plan for the year ahead, don’t forget to incorporate social and emotional learning (SEL) to actively promote students’ social and [...]

4 05, 2017

Think You Can’t Measure Social and Emotional Learning? Think Again

By |2019-01-29T20:39:20+00:00May 4th, 2017|DESSA, Research, SEL Data|0 Comments

Educators need a social and emotional assessment tool that delivers accurate results. There are a number of measures available to educators, but few are as immersed in research as the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). The DESSA has been standardized and norm-referenced, and the strong reliability and validity of the measure demonstrate that it is [...]

6 04, 2017

Measuring Effectiveness Through Program Evaluation

By |2019-01-29T20:40:18+00:00April 6th, 2017|DESSA, Research, SEL Data|0 Comments

Do know if your Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum is effective? How do you determine if it is helping students build the necessary skills to become successful? Fortunately, program evaluation is a helpful practice that provides answers to these questions. Let’s take a look at how a program evaluation can work using the DESSA. [...]