No Excuses University - Assessment

Elizabeth Keenan

“Assessment Is Not About You As A Teacher; It Is About Your Students” - (Lopez, 2013)

My perspective on Lopez’s quote and statement is that an assessments is a tool to help students precede in their education. They allow teachers to view and monitor students’ academic performance and areas where students are struggling. Also, it helps teachers to adjust or modify their teaching to help individual students progress and for students to align the studying that would help them progress in their own education. My mindset has been validated because I understood the reason behind assessments and I knew that it was to help the students in learning. It is just used to help the teacher pinpoint areas that they can help the student achieve their learning goals. It confirms and evaluate areas that teachers do not see visionary when working with the children and allow them to focus on the struggling areas the assessments shows that they need improvement on.

“Defending our Assessment Practices”- (Lopez, 2013)

  1. Why are you participating in the assessment that you use with your students?
  2. Can you share in the explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment?
  3. Do you participate in assessments that you find no value in for students?
  4. Are you using an assessment you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help with? (Lopez, 2013)

Consider the 4 questions Lopez lists under “Defending our Assessment Practices” (p.98). How might you use these questions in your current or anticipated practice? What value might it add to your practice by keeping these questions in mind?

I can use these questions from Lopez in my anticipated practice to assist myself in making appropriate decisions on what assessments have value for both myself and for my students. It will allow me to understand why and for what reason the purpose of using student assessment and to not be afraid of asking questions for better understanding, therefore, my students are getting the most valid reading for success. The questions helps me to choose the right assessment that would benefit my students whether its formative or summative both assessments are helpful in students learning, however, one assessment is performed at the end of the instructional unit while the other is performed consistently throughout the year. Teachers has to be acknowledge about their students and how they want their children to progress. Looking and using these questions will aid teachers in thinking clearly before preforming any assessments.

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In what ways have you succeeded/failed to make students your partner in assessment?

I will succeed in making my students partner in the assessment is by informing students of when I will be performing my assessments and the purpose of why I am assessing them. I will inform them that these assessment is to help them succeed in the educational development and that it is no right or wrong answers, learning or working abilities. It is just a method that would help both of us to get the most effective way of helping them learn, retention, and apply information that they learned. I will provide prompt feedback and seek my students’ thoughts about the results of their assessment. As a partner we could plan a curriculum that would work for him or her to achieve their learning goals. I will student to self-learn on their weak areas for better understanding of how they can make it correct. What have they learned from it or how can they change their learning to make it a strength. I will allow students to be a part of the assessment to assess their learning progress that way they can see what is going on for themselves and learn from it.


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