• dessaHow Does Our District Assess Students' Social Emotional Well-Being?


    Lowell Public Schools puts great value on our student’s social and emotional well-being. Now more than ever, our district is striving to address all student’s social and emotional needs through Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and resources. All LPS students are assessed by their teachers using the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) three times throughout the school year.  Through this assessment we are able to measure each student's understanding and comprehension of the 8 competencies under CASEL. This data is beneficial to help each student obtain tiered support in order for students to have academic success.


     What is the DESSA  Assessment Tool?

    The Devereux Students Strengths Assessment (DESSA), originally developed by the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, is the flagship social emotional learning assessment of Aperture Education’s DESSA System. It is a standardized, strength-based behavior rating scale completed in 5 to 8 minutes and used by educators and parents to measure the social-emotional competence for children in grades K-8 (the DESSA-High School Edition is available for students (grades 9-12). Grounded in resilience theory and directly aligned to the CASEL framework, the DESSA is a user-friendly, practical social emotional learning assessment that meets the highest professional standards. The DESSA is commonly used to inform the delivery of SEL at tier 1 or tier 2 as well as measuring the results of that delivery.



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