Delaware Social-Emotional Competency Scale (DSECS-S)
|General Information on the Measure|
|Purpose of the measure||
The Delaware Social-Emotional Competency Scale (DSECS-S) assesses students' social-emotional competencies that are aligned with the CASEL framework. It was designed to be used by schools to monitor programs that develop social-emotional competencies.
|Main constructs measured||
Intrapersonal competencies; Interpersonal competencies
|Applicable grade levels||
Grades 3 to 12
|Publication year for the most recent version||
|Year originally developed||
|Method of administration||
|Number of items||
Four-point Likert-type scale
No information is available in the references reviewed.
|Fee for use||Free and publicly available|
|Credentials required for administration||
|Overall score reporting||
The overall score is reported and four subscale scores.
There are four subscores:
The measure is scored automatically.
No information is available in the references reviewed. Interpretation Guidelines provided on website.
|Evidence of Technical Quality|
|Populations for which technical quality evidence has been collected||
Students in grades 3 to 12 in 126 schools in Delaware (N=32,414).
Internal consistency (alpha) coefficients range from 0.58 to 0.69 for the subscale scores and 0.84 for the total score (Mantz et al., 2016).
|Locating the Measure|
|Obtaining a copy of the measure||wh1.oet.udel.edu|
Bear, G. G., Yang, C., Harris, A., Mantz, L., Hearn, S., & Boyer, D. "Technical manual for Delaware surveys of school climate; bullying victimization, student engagement, and positive, punitive, and social emotional learning techniques; and social and emotional competencies," University of Delaware, Center for Disabilities Studies, 2017.
Mantz, Lindsey S., George G. Bear, Chunyan Yang, and Angela Harris, "The Delaware Social-Emotional Competency Scale (DSECS-S): Evidence of Validity and Reliability," Child Indicators Research, 2016, pp. 1–21.
The DSECS-S was designed to be administered as a part of the Delaware School Surveys-Student Version (DSS-S), which include additional scales assessing school climate, bullying victimization, student engagement, and classroom management techniques.
Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.