Riverside Insights Adds the DESSA to its Portfolio of Assessments | Webinar October 20

Aperture Education

The research-based DESSA from Aperture Education provides actionable data to help schools confidently meet students’ individual social-emotional learning needs

Riverside Insights and Aperture Education have partnered to add Aperture’s entirely strengths-based DESSA social-emotional learning assessment to Riverside Insights’ portfolio of trusted assessments for schools. The partnership between the two companies helps Riverside Insights support schools that are seeking an evidence-based SEL assessment and helps Aperture reach more schools that are serviced by Riverside Insights.

“Research shows data-driven social-emotional learning programs have a positive impact on student mental health, behavior and achievement,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “By obtaining important, timely SEL data through the DESSA, Riverside Insight’s customers will gain confidence by having a practical, accurate and equitable gauge of how they are meeting their students’ individual SEL needs.”

Riverside Insights offers assessment solutions that give schools actionable insights to support student learning and growth. The DESSA is a strengths-based SEL assessment that provides reliable data to help schools measure students’ SEL competence. Data from Riverside Insights’ combined portfolio of assessments provides schools with a complete picture of a student’s learning potential (ability), demonstrated learning (achievement), and SEL competency, which ultimately helps schools support that student’s growth.

“Our goal is to provide comprehensive insights to educators that help them identify and unlock each student’s full potential,” said Rajib Roy, President and CEO of Riverside Insights. “Social-emotional learning is a key pillar to that mission and adding the DESSA to our portfolio helps us take one step closer to that goal.”

Aperture Education and Riverside Insights will hold a joint webinar at 3 p.m. EDT, Oct. 20, 2020. To register, visit

The webinar, “Promoting Educational Equity through SEL Assessment,” will feature Paul LeBuffe, vice president of research & development for Aperture Education and Van Mabie, senior director of special products & services for Riverside Insights. They will discuss how to:

  • Define educational equity
  • Describe the essential role of SEL assessment in promoting educational equity
  • Identify the key characteristics of assessments that promote equity
  • Promote educational equity using the DESSA Comprehensive System

Aperture Education specializes in social and emotional learning (SEL) solutions. Our flagship product, the DESSA Comprehensive SEL System, allows educators to measure, strengthen, and support social-emotional competence in youth in grades K-12. The DESSA System includes a suite of strength-based assessments, a universal screener that can be administered in less than a minute, and growth strategies and foundational practices to strengthen social and emotional competence. The DESSA System is lauded by researchers because it meets high standards for reliability and validity and is appreciated by educators for its ability to easily and quickly identify each student’s personal SEL strengths and provide practical supports that result in improved student outcomes. Because strengthening social-emotional skills is as important for educators as it is for students, we also offer the Educator Social Emotional Reflection and Training (EdSERT) tool. EdSERT is a professional development program to support the social-emotional competency and well-being of educators. For more information, go to

Riverside Insights, one of the nation’s leading and most longstanding developers of research-based assessments, is guided by a powerful mission: to provide insights that help elevate potential and enrich the lives of students, clinical patients, employees and organizations globally. For more information, visit

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