Assess What Students Are Learning in the Second Step Program

Now it’s easier than ever to administer and score assessments before and after Second Step implementation.

To ensure that educators, schools, and districts can effectively track and measure Second Step outcomes, we carefully evaluated assessment options and selected the following highly rated and respected assessment tools to recommend.

Early Learning–Grade 8

Panorama Education’s social-emotional learning measurement platform aligns with the Second Step program for PreK through Grade 8. With research-backed surveys and a leading technology platform, Panorama helps educators collect, analyze, and act on data about social-emotional learning, school climate, and more. Using Panorama’s customizable reporting, educators can analyze their data by subgroups such as race or ethnicity, gender, and Title I status, and explore data at the individual, class, grade, school, and district levels.

Panorama for Social-Emotional Learning


Early Learning

Devereux Center for Resilient Children develops a variety of strength-based assessment and strategy resources. Using its DECA Preschool Program in conjunction with our Second Step program is a highly effective way to assess, build, and strengthen social-emotional skills, protective factors, and resilience in children ages three through five.

Early Learning Second Step Evaluation Guide



Aperture, a trusted provider of performance assessment measures since 1955, provides an online version of the well-known Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), which has been customized for the Second Step K–5 program. It’s known as the DESSA-SSE (Second Step Edition). Now educators can score and track changes in social-emotional competencies quickly and easily. Results can be accessed on demand from anywhere.

K–5 Second Step Evaluation Guide

Middle School

Pride Surveys, founded in 1982, has a strong track record of measuring behavior that can affect student learning, such as drug and alcohol use, family issues, and school climate. In keeping with that tradition, Pride has created the Social, Emotional, and Bullying Behavior Survey (SEBBS) for middle school use. With the SEBBS, educators can assess their students’ pre- and post-test knowledge and measure outcomes gained from the Second Step program.

Middle School Second Step Evaluation Guide

To learn more about establishing baseline data and tracking improvements to align with curriculum objectives, contact client support at: 800-634-4449 or Contact Us

“In addition to evaluating academic outcomes, many schools and districts also want to assess their students’ social-emotional skills. Assessments are a great way to measure pre- and post-implementation of the Second Step program and obtain buy-in from key stakeholders.”

Tia Kim, Ph.D.
Director of Programs, Partnerships, and Research
Committee for Children

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