No Excuses University

Assessments for Students

My perspective on Assessments

Assessments are important and needed in the classroom. The statement by Lopez (2013), “Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students”(P. 97) is very true and something that we need to understand as educators. Assessments are in place to ensure we as educators can use the information to ensure our students successful in the classroom and beyond. Honestly, I think assessments can be a great tool for information, as well a guiding tool, but educators need to be creative and assess in a way that is just handing out tests, collecting the tests, grading the test and repeating it over and over again (Lopez, 2013). Assessments can make students anxious; Therefore, in the classroom, I want my students to know and understand why they are being assessed because I think it is an important part or trust in the classroom.

Questions for "Defending our Assessment Practices"

In my future career as an educator, these questions will be very valuable to ask regarding assessments in the classroom. It is imperative that educators understand why they are participating in the assessment they use with their students and know how to effectively deliver that assessment. To ensure student success, educators cannot be afraid to ask for help because is assessments are delivered wrong, there will be no data or value to the assessment. In my classroom, I want to ensure my students are successful in the classroom and beyond. Therefore, I want to make sure my students are assessed correctly and for appropriate reasons. If an assessment is not effective, then it is a waste of time for you and for the students. The questions will help me in my future because they will force me to evaluate the effectiveness of the chosen assessment.

Students as partners in assessments

Currently, I do not have a lot of experience with delivering assessments to students. I have many hours volunteering in the classroom and have helped many times with activities, test, and quizzes, but with not having my own classroom yet, I have not had the sole responsibility of delivering an assessment. As for the future, I want my students and I to be partners with assessments because I believe my students need to know how the assessment will work and why they are being assessed in the first place. To be honest, I was nervous in school when it came to tests and such, so my goal as an educator will be to decrease the anxiety my students may feel when it comes to delivering assessments.


Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing our schools(2nd ed.). Turnaround Schools Publications.