DESSA-HSE

The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment High School Edition (DESSA-HSE) is designed to assess social and emotional skills in 9-12th graders. It is aligned with the CASEL framework and measures eight SEL competencies (self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, optimistic thinking, decision making, personal responsibility, and goal-directed behavior). Other versions of the DESSA exist, including a K-8 version and short-forms for both the HSE and K-8. 

Content

Domains
Self Awareness,
Self Management,
Social Awareness,
Relationship Skills,
Responsible Decision Making
Subdomain

Optimistic Thinking, Goal Directed Behavior

Grades
Kindergarten,
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade
Languages
English,
Spanish
Respondent
Student

Administration Information

Length
5-8 minutes
Qualifications

Must train administrators through online or on-site training 

Administration
Computer
Timed
No

Access and Use

Price

Price varies based on number of schools, but starts at $1500 per school per year for unlimited access to tests and reports 

Contact

Info@ApertureEd.com 

 1-844-685-2499

Open Access
No
Use in Research

 

While DESSA-HSE is relatively new and has not been used in peer-reviewed research, see link below for a list of research using alternate forms of DESSA including DESSA-mini. 

 

https://apertureed.com/products-solutions/research/research-and-publica…

Psychometrics

Scoring
Computer scoring
Referencing
Norm-referenced
Psychometric References

LeBuffe, P. A., Shapiro, V. B., & Robitaille, J. L. (2018). The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) comprehensive system: Screening, assessing, planning, and monitoring. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology55, 62-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2017.05.002    

LeBuffe, P.A., Shapiro, V.B., & Naglieri, J.A. (2012/2014). The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA): Assessment, technical manual, and user’s guide. Fort Mill, SC: Aperture Education.   

Nickerson, A. B., & Fishman, C. (2009). Convergent and divergent validity of the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment. School Psychology Quarterly24(1), 48.  https://doi.org/10.1037/a0015147

Tsang, K.L.V., Wong, P.Y.H., & Lo, S.K. (2012). Assessing psychosocial well-being of adolescents: A systematic review of measurement instruments. Child: Care, Health and Development, 38(35), 629-646.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01355.x

Woodland, S., Smith, G., Fleming, J., O'Neill-Mullin, K., Shortall, A., & Ross K. (2014). The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) Spanish Equivalency Study. Devereux Center for Resilient Children. https://apertureed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Spanish-DESSA-study-r…

National Comparison
Yes
Item Type
Likert