Mini Assessments

dessa-mini-kit-40070-300x300The Devereux Students Strengths Assessment-Mini (DESSA-mini) is a series of four, equivalent, 8-item behavior rating scales accompanied by an innovative Ongoing Progress Monitoring Form. The DESSA-mini can be used to screen for and monitor progress in the acquisition of social-emotional competencies. Like the DESSA, the DESSA-mini can be completed by 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 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.

The DESSA-Mini Kit Includes

Four DESSA-Mini Forms (25 copies of each of the 4 forms)

Designed for use with children kindergarten through 8th grade, each of the four, 8- item are strength based and are comprised of items taken from the various scales found on the DESSA. The DESSA-mini provides a single score, the Social-Emotional Total (SET) score, which provides an indication of the strength of the child’s social-emotional competence. The DESSA-mini is available in both paper and web-based formats. .

On-Going Progress Monitoring Form (pad of 25 copies).

The is used to record a child’s progress over time. This forms allows the use to record changes in the Social-Emotional Total (SET) scores, and provides space for documenting descriptive information regarding progress. This information is critically helpful in documenting outcomes and planning for on-going supports for the child.

DESSA-Mini Manual

Comprehensive and easy to read, the provides information on administering the DESSA-mini, scoring, understanding results, and using the On-Going Progress Monitoring (OPM) form to determine planning needs for each child. Information on standardization, reliability and validity studies also included.

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