Ashley Hairston

Mindset Perspective

According to the class text No Excuses University, "Assessment is not about you as a teacher, it is about your students: ( Lopez, 2013,p.97). What is my perspective on this statement? I believe this statement is correct. An assessment is a tool that can help with a student's education and a teacher's teaching strategies. A teacher is able to gauge a student's skill level and then use that information to better teach a student through tailored instructions. This is due to the teacher having a greater understanding of the student's educational areas of strengths and weaknesses.

Defending Our Assessment Practices

How would I use the questions under, Defending Our Assessment Practices? I would use these questions to help me align my thoughts and instruction strategies. I would want to take the advice of the author of the text and truly think about the reason behind the assessment. It would be important for me to have an understanding of the assessment purpose. Also, I would want to take the time to learn about how to properly give the assessments.

Partners in Assessments

Currently, I do not have the opportunity to give assessments to a class. But, I would want to follow the assessment pattern given in the text. It would be helpful to first tell the students about the assessment before they take it. This is one way teachers and students can become partners in assessment taking.


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