Thanks for your interest!

    Earn up to $615 for your school or program
    for rating high school students' social behavior.

    Your ratings will help us expand a social and emotional learning (SEL) assessment to the high school setting, where strong social and emotional skills are vital.

    For more information or to get started, fill out the form below:


    How does this work?

    Schools and Programs from all over the country are welcome to participate. Each school/program may complete up to:
    • 48 teacher/staff ratings (12 adults completing 4 ratings each)
    • 75 parent ratings
    (Each rating is worth $5, up to $615 total.)
    The primary contact will also recieve $100 to help distribute and collect materials. 


    What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?

    SEL is the process of acquiring certain skills that are critical for success in school, in college, and in the workplace.
    Examples of social and emotional skills include things like: 

    • Personal Responsibility
    • Decision Making
    • Relationship Skills

    What is the assessment called?

    The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) is a strength-based behavior rating scale that currently measures social and emotional skills of children in grades K-8. Our goal is to nationally standardize the assessment at the high school level before the end of the year, but we need your help! You can help us by taking the survey yourself (if you're a teacher, staff or parent of a highschooler) or forwarding to someone you know. 



    What You Need to Know

    What are we doing?
    We are expanding the DESSA for high school students (9th-12th grades) to allow schools and programs to screen, assess, and promote the social and emotional skills of their students.
    We are collecting a large, nationally representative sample of DESSA-HSE ratings from teachers and out-of-school time staff, parents, and students across the US to reflect the diversity of high-school aged youth today.
    These ratings will be used to create the DESSA-HSE scoring norms, and will enable schools and programs to compare their students’ social and emotional skills to the skills typically demonstrated by students in the US.
    How can you help?
    The following individuals can help to standardize the DESSA-High School Edition with an anonymous, individual rating:
    - High School Teachers
    - Out-of-School Professionals who work with
      high school students
    - Parents of High Schoolers
    What's in it for you?
    Each school/program is paid for their contribution:
    - $5 per rating with up to 48 ratings per teacher/staff (a total of $240).
    -$5 per rating with up to 75 ratings per parent (a total of $375).
    -Primary contact with receive $100 to help distribute and collect materials.
    -One-year subscription to the DESSA-HSE online assessment system (Evo Social/Emotional).
    -Entry to win $500 cash award.
    In addition, you'll be helping to bring social and emotional learning to schools and programs around the country. 

    Let's Get Started!

    (Fill out the form at the top of this page for next steps.)