The DESSA Comprehensive System is comprised of two innovative rating scales designed to screen, assess, guide intervention planning, monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes related to social-emotional competence and resilience of students grades K-8.
The two-part system designed to help school and after-school program staff promote the healthy social-emotional development of all children. First, use the universal screener, the DESSA-mini, to evaluate all children in your class. Then administer the DESSA to those children identified as at risk for social-emotional difficulties. The DESSA is a thorough assessment of social-emotional competencies that provides a variety of tools to chart and communicate results, monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes.