The DESSA-HSE is designed specifically to measure the social and emotional competencies of students in grades 9-12 so teachers, school staff, and parents can address the unique needs and strengths of this age group.
By taking the survey, participants will help ensure the assessment consistently and accurately identifies students’ SEL strengths. Aperture is collecting ratings from more than 3,000 parents, teachers/staff, and youth across the country to help it select the items that are the best indicators of positive outcomes in students.
This online survey will ask for basic information about the youth and his or her family. It will not ask for names or any other information that would identify the youth. Each rating will be combined with the other ratings from parents or teachers across the United States.
“Strong social-emotional learning (SEL) skills can help high school students handle the stressors that often come with getting older such as increased responsibility, harder classes and impending decisions about their futures,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “Developing these skills not only makes it less likely that these students will drop out, it also sets them up for future success in college and the workplace. We’re looking forward to launching the DESSA-HSE so we can help parents and schools better target the SEL needs of this specific age group. The data we receive from this standardization process is critical and we are grateful for the help of the public in completing this task.”
Aperture currently offers a K-8 digital SEL assessment and intervention system called Evo Social/Emotional, which uses the DESSA to help educators measure students’ social and emotional skills and provides strategies for instruction and intervention. The DESSA-HSE will provide companion SEL assessments for the high school level.
Expanding its SEL system to students in grades 9-12 is part of Aperture Education’s ongoing work to support educators, administrators and out-of-school-time providers in implementing social and emotional learning programs within their schools or programs.
About Aperture Education
Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social and emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional, is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills such as personal responsibility, self-management, relationship skills and healthy decision-making. The Evo Social/Emotional online system includes both the DESSA assessment and the DESSA-mini, a brief, universal screener of social and emotional competence. Evo Social/Emotional also provides strategies to strengthen social and emotional skills. Version 2.0, now available, provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs and strengths. For more information, go to www.ApertureEd.com.