The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) is a 72-item, standardized, norm-referenced behavior rating scale that assesses the social-emotional competencies that serve as protective factors for children in kindergarten through the eighth grade.
The DESSA can be completed by parents/guardians, teachers, or staff at schools and child-serving agencies, including after-school, social service, and mental health programs.
Used together, the DESSA and DESSA-mini (see below) is a comprehensive system that supports universal screening, assessment, intervention planning, progress monitoring, and outcome evaluation in the social-emotional domain. It has been designed to help schools meet emerging social-emotional learning standards.Purchase Resource
The DESSA Kit Includes
DESSA Record Forms (package of 25 paper forms)
Designed for use with children kindergarten through the 8th grade, the DESSA Record Forms are strength-based and organized into scales that provide information about eight key social-emotional competencies. The DESSA assessment form is available in two formats including 1) paper and 2) a scoring assistant. To learn more about the EVO SEL web-based student management system, click here.
DESSA Norms Reference Card
The DESSA Norms Reference Card provides norms tables for children of varying ages and is used in the process of scoring the assessment tool.
Comprehensive and easy to read, the DESSA Manual provides information on administering the assessment, scoring, understanding results, and a general framework on using results for planning. Information on standardization, reliability and validity studies is also included.
**All items listed above can be purchased separately.