COMET and Aperture Education Have Partnered to Support the Social-Emotional Skills Students Need to be Successful
COMET is excited to partner with Aperture Education (Aperture) to support both the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), and the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment-Mini (DESSA-Mini) as an integrated option in the COMET System.
The DESSA is used to screen, assess, monitor progress, measure outcomes, and strengthen the social-emotional competence of all students, K-12. The DESSA measures are one of the few supported by rigorous research that meets or exceeds strict industry standards. This data indicates that the DESSA is a reliable and valid tool for measuring social and emotional skills. Specifically, the COMET/Aperture partnership allows for the DESSA and the DESSA-Mini to be available in the COMET System for child-centric organizations all over the U.S.
Currently, the COMET System is being used in four different but overlapping ways: COMET Outcomes, Operations, Services and Backbone. A subset of existing COMET Outcomes users are already able to advantage of the DESSA (in addition to other assessment and measurement instruments) to assess and understand the progress of children to identify gaps, report gains and understand needs. Now, with this partnership, DESSA assessments will be available to Operations users (attendance tracking, membership, programs, classes and activities), Services users (service, case management and referral tracking), and Backbone users (collaborative community and funding organization outcomes tracking).
COMET and Aperture have entered into this partnership to work with all members of school and out-of-school-time (OST) communities (both children and adults) to support informed decision-making, raising organizational quality and improving outcomes for kids. COMET has been working on this mission for years by providing accurate and actionable data about a student’s social and emotional needs so that our end-users can pair that data with research-informed strategies, resources, and reporting. These efforts help ensure that students have the social and emotional skills needed to be successful, productive, and happy.
For more information and to find out how you can gain access to the DESSA and the DESSA-Mini to support the children you serve, contact us today!
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