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In collaboration with the NYC Department of Education, the Portal now integrates a variety of screener data. Our goal is to make it easy for you to identify patterns and trends in student performance in key areas across screeners, to easily view screener data alongside other key student performance metrics, and to identify students who may need specific attention or support. Having DESSA (SEL) screener data alongside other data in the Portal gives users a holistic view of student performance and help understand students’ social and emotional growth.

This article will provide an overview of the key features available for monitoring DESSA (SEL) screener data in the Portal. Happy exploring! As always, feel free to share your feedback at


Your DESSA (SEL) Data

Before diving into features, it may be helpful to know what data from the DESSA (SEL) screener is available in the Portal and where it comes from. DESSA (SEL) data is available for K-12 students and is sent to us nightly by the NYC DOE. Each day you should expect to see any changes in your DESSA (SEL) data from the prior day reflected in the Portal by around 9AM. The Portal includes students' overall Social Emotional Composite rating and how they scored on each individual competency.

DESSA (SEL) Dashboards

The Dashboard highlights key DESSA (SEL) metrics such as the percentage of active students who have a typical or strong Social Emotional Composite (SEC).

To access the Dashboard scroll to the Screeners category to view all of the available Screener Tiles.

Currently you can use these Dashboards to:

  1. Quickly identify students who have completed a SEL Pre-Assessment: Learn more here

  2. Identify which students have a typical or strong Social Emotional Composite rating based on the SEL Pre-Assessment: Learn more here

  3. Identify which of my students have completed a DESSA (SEL) Post-Assessment: Learn more here

  4. Identify which students improved their DESSA (SEL) Descriptive Range: Learn more here

  5. View DESSA (SEL) screener data alongside other data in the Portal: Learn more here

Click a Dashboard Tile to navigate to the Breakdown where you can apply filters and compare metrics across a variety of subgroups - by grade or class, ethnicity, special population status and more.

DESSA (SEL) Screener List View

  1. Navigate to the Screeners category from the main Left-side navigation

  2. The 1st dropdown lets you know what data you are focusing on. You can use the 2nd dropdown to filter for the students you would like to focus on and the 3rd dropdown to group your students.

  3. From the first dropdown choose Dessa (SEL) then choose the admin window you are interested in further viewing.

  4. Click on a row from the table to focus on a particular student.

DESSA (SEL) Supports List View

To access the Supports List View navigate to the Supports category from the main Left-side navigation.

Currently you can use these Supports List view to:

  1. Identify the students receiving tier 2 and tier 3 Aperture supports: Learn more here

DESSA (SEL) Data in the Data Grid

Follow these steps to view DESSA (SEL) data alongside other data in the Data Grid:

  1. Navigate to the Data Grid from the main Left-side navigation

  2. Select Edit Columns from the main grid toolbar

  3. Click on All fields and select Screeners - DESSA category

  4. Use the checkboxes to the right of the column names to select or de-select columns

  5. Click Apply to explore your custom data view

DESSA (SEL) Data in the Student Profile

The Screeners Panel in the Student Profile brings together all of a student's screener data points in a single screen. To access the Student Profile, select the name of a student from any List or from the Data Grid.

Generate DESSA (SEL) Report: Parent Letter

The DESSA (SEL) Report: Parent Letter is a printable report that gives an overview of what the test is and how to read your child's score and report.

Follow these steps to learn how to generate the student DESSA (SEL) Report: Parent Letter:

  1. Navigate to a List or the Data Grid from the Left-side Navigation

  2. Enable Batch Actions in the List from the Right-side Toolbar, or in the Data Grid from the Main Toolbar

  3. Check the boxes next to the names of students you would like to generate reports

  4. Select the DESSA (SEL) report from the dropdown menu and click Generate Report

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