Charlotte, N.C. – Oct. 2, 2015 – Assessment leader Apperson is bringing the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), an assessment and intervention system that addresses students’ social and emotional (SEL) skills to the United Kingdom through its partnership with Hogrefe Ltd., Europe’s leading publisher of psychology journals, books and psychometric assessments. Based in Oxford in the UK, Hogrefe supplies a wide range of assessments for use in clinical psychology, health, social care and education. Hogrefe Ltd. offers Apperson its first reach into the European market.
Apperson is also bringing the DESSA to Australia for the first time through a partnership with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), a leading nonprofit educational research center based in Camberwell, a suburb of Melbourne. ACER will leverage Apperson’s cloud-based application, Evo Social & Emotional, to bring the benefits of the DESSA to a whole new continent.
“Hogrefe is a leader in selling scientifically validated assessment tools in schools in the UK and throughout Europe and ACER has built a strong reputation with education policy makers and professional practitioners,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “It is important for educators in every country to understand their students’ social and emotional skills. By understanding the whole child, educators are best able to serve the needs of each and every student.”
Research shows that a child’s social and emotional health impacts his or her academic performance. Apperson’s Evo SELplatform helps educators measure and track students’ social and emotional competencies over time while providing targeted, interventions and teacher resources to specifically address children with needs and to further build upon existing strengths. The tool uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (the DESSA), a strength-based standardized screening and assessment tool, to measure a child’s social and emotional development and identify students who may be at risk for social-emotional difficulties. Schools and other youth serving organizations can use that data to employ intervention strategies. This can help reduce behavioral issues and improve academics.
Apperson’s K-12 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well as areas of opportunities, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping teachers turn assessment data into actionable information. To learn more about Apperson, visit http://www.apperson.com/.