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Apperson Updates Its Social & Emotional Assessment Tool

Evo SEL 2.0 provides a streamlined, efficient way to screen students for SEL competencies and address deficiencies

Charlotte N.C. – July 11, 2016 – Assessment leader Apperson today announced major updates to its award-winning Evo Social & Emotional (SEL) online assessment tool. Evo SEL 2.0 enhances an already sophisticated tool by adding a fresh new look, streamlined functions for both administrators and educators and improved efficiency, making it faster and easier to screen students for social and emotional competencies.

Apperson launched Evo Social & Emotional in 2014 in response to a growing body of research that shows addressing students’ social and emotional needs has a positive impact on their academic performance and helps lay the foundation for lifelong success.

Apperson’s Evo SEL is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of SEL competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and decision-making. Apperson provides the online platform for administering the DESSA and DESSA Mini universal screeners to quickly identify students’ SEL competencies. It also provides resources and activities to address SEL gaps. Version 2.0 provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs.

 “We understand the time demands that educators and administrators face so we have improved Evo SEL 2.0 so that educators can do assessments quickly and see where they are in the process of evaluating their entire class,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “Evo SEL 2.0 includes significant enhancements that we think users will appreciate.”

The upgrades to Evo SEL 2.0 include:

  • Updated features for administrators. Evo SEL 2.0 allows administrators to assign and control the assessments and lock and unlock what educators can see. It graphically shows all educators’ levels of completion of the assigned assessments. For example, administrators can create an assignment and set a time frame for an educator, site or class to complete the Mini DESSA or the full DESSA then view the dashboard to see the status of all assignments.
  • Simpler educator navigation with tasks just one click away. A new workflow screen makes it easy for educators to see what is required of them and when these requirements are due.  All educator tasks are labeled on the left side of the screen.  When an educator is in the system assessing students, he or she can easily complete one student and move to another student without exiting the area. In addition, educators can generate reports on the fly and export results for use with administrators and parents.
  • Expanded intervention strategies. New strategies are based on top SEL curricula. Educators can also upload and tag their own strategies. The strategies section now lists foundational practices so educators can choose strategies based on foundational practices such as Academic Integration or Student Voice.
  • Easier creating of reports. Evo SEL 2.0 now allows users to create a combined student report of multiple assessments for comparison. The available reporting options (student report, rating comparison, group report, site report) are now all listed in one place, making it easier for users to access the features they need. In addition, there is a program export function making it easy to export data.

About Apperson

Apperson’s K-16 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 educators turn assessment data into actionable information.  For more information, visit

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