DESSA-High School Edition

National Standardization - High School Parent Participants

Help build the social and emotional skills of high school students!

Social and emotional skills are vital for success in school, in college, and as students enter the workforce. We are working to expand our resources to high school settings. Here’s how you can help!

How does it work?
Take a 10-15 minute survey about your high school-aged child's positive behaviors. You will receive $5 per rating (up to $10). Parents can rate up to two of their high-school aged children. The survey is anonymous and will be used to help us gather important information about students’ social and emotional skills from around the country.

Use This Link to Get Started
*At the end of the survey you will find a link to share with your child to complete a self-rating and receive their own $5 gift card.*

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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-12. Our goal is to nationally standardize a student self-report and parent report form 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 parent of a high-schooler) or forwarding to someone you know.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Alyssa Ciarlante, Research Associate at Aperture Education
ACiarlante@ApertureEd.com