Build a solid SEL program with reliable assessments. The DESSA Comprehensive SEL System features the DESSA—an empirical, standardized social emotional learning assessment. 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 and emotional strengths and needs with the DESSA. Assess your students’ SEL skills, then review scores for eight core competencies. These competencies are believed to be the best predictor of a student’s overall social and emotional understanding.
Measure Against Eight SEL Competencies
Gain an accurate picture of each student’s social and emotional strengths and needs with the DESSA. Assess your students’ SEL skills, then review scores for eight core competencies. These chosen competencies are believed to be the best predictor of a student’s overall social and emotional understanding.
Aligned with CASEL Standards
The DESSA social emotional learning (SEL) assessment contains a nuanced approach to SEL. While CASEL has defined 5 measures of a student’s social and 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.
Identify kids with needs before those needs emerge
Identify children with social and emotional needs. Use the DESSA to identify social and emotional challenges that have been linked to future academic and behavioral difficulties. Pinpoint at-risk children and strengthen their social and emotional skills through individualized instruction.
Focus on What Needs Attention
Find guidance for your SEL initiatives with the DESSA. The DESSA 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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. The DESSA-mini and the DESSA are available in both English and Spanish.
Screen students in under a minute using the DESSA-mini, a reliable snapshot assessment of a student’s SEL competency that’s easy to complete for educators, out-of-school time providers, and parents.
Screen Your Students. Inform Your Strategies.
The DESSA-mini’s precision is nearly equivalent to the full DESSA, according to a 2011 study. Using the DESSA System, teachers can administer the DESSA-mini in under a minute per student and have its information stored virtually for easy dissemination.
Experience the ease of universal screening supported by an integrated cloud-based platform.
Once the DESSA-mini has been completed, the DESSA System will interpret the results and reveal which students have social and emotional strengths. You’ll also identify which students have social-emotional difficulties that require further assessment with the DESSA. In addition, use the DESSA System to quickly generate reports. The software helps you understand the progress of individual students and the entire class.
Assess for SEL Competencies
Analyze the results of your DESSA-mini assessment to identify students who would benefit from a DESSA (72 item) assessment. Pinpoint at-risk students and administer the full-length DESSA to those who need it most.