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Riverside Insights Adds the DESSA to Portfolio of Assessments

The research-based DESSA from Aperture Education provides actionable data to help schools confidently meet students’ individual social-emotional learning needs

Charlotte N.C. (Oct. 8, 2020) — Riverside Insights and Aperture Education have partnered to add Aperture’s entirely strengths-based DESSA social-emotional learning assessment to Riverside Insights’ portfolio of trusted assessments for schools. The partnership between the two companies helps Riverside Insights support schools that are seeking an evidence-based SEL assessment and helps Aperture reach more schools that are serviced by Riverside Insights.

“Research shows data-driven social-emotional learning programs have a positive impact on student mental health, behavior and achievement,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “By obtaining important, timely SEL data through the DESSA, Riverside Insight’s customers will gain confidence by having a practical, accurate and equitable gauge of how they are meeting their students’ individual SEL needs.”

Riverside Insights offers assessment solutions that give schools actionable insights to support student learning and growth. The DESSA is a strengths-based SEL assessment that provides reliable data to help schools measure students’ SEL competence. Data from Riverside Insights’ combined portfolio of assessments provides schools with a complete picture of a student’s learning potential (ability), demonstrated learning (achievement), and SEL competency, which ultimately helps schools support that student’s growth.

“Our goal is to provide comprehensive insights to educators that help them identify and unlock each student’s full potential,” said Rajib Roy, President and CEO of Riverside Insights. “Social-emotional learning is a key pillar to that mission and adding the DESSA to our portfolio helps us take one step closer to that goal.”

Aperture Education and Riverside Insights will hold a joint webinar at 3 p.m. EDT, Oct. 20, 2020. To register, visit https://info.riversideinsights.com/aperture-webinar

The webinar, “Promoting Educational Equity through SEL Assessment,” will feature Paul LeBuffe, vice president of research & development for Aperture Education, and Van Mabie, senior director of special products & services for Riverside Insights. They will discuss how to:

Define educational equity

Describe the essential role of SEL assessment in promoting educational equity

Identify the key characteristics of assessments that promote equity

Promote educational equity using the DESSA Comprehensive System


About Aperture Education

Aperture Education empowers over 3,000 schools and out-of-school-time programs across North America to measure, strengthen, and support social and emotional competence in K-12 youth and educators. This system enables education leaders can make strategic, data-based decisions about SEL within their organizations. The Aperture system includes the DESSA suite of strength-based assessments, CASEL-informed intervention strategies, and robust reporting, all in one easy-to-use digital platform. Aperture has supported over one million students in their social and emotional growth and continues to develop innovative solutions to bring the whole child into focus.

About Riverside Insights

Riverside Insights, one of the nation’s leading and most longstanding developers of research-based assessments, is guided by a powerful mission: to provide insights that help elevate potential and enrich the lives of students, clinical patients, employees, and organizations globally. For more information, visit www.riversideinsights.com.

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