It is about your students

Share your perspective on Lopez’s quote and statement.

Describe how your mindset has changed or been validated.

“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students”

•I have always believed in conversation with all students, before throwing them something they are not familiar with or prepared. Children seek for attention and listening catches their attention.

What value might it add to your practice by keeping these questions in mind?

• I believe that if I, as a teacher is unable to deliver an outcome, then I do not have value to any student. These questions hold a great amount of value in order to simply get the results we seek from the students. The capacity to think big and make suggestions in their own assessments are greater with the collaboration of their peers.

“Don’t be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment.” – Colin Powell

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

  • By prioritizing student input
  • Communication and Respect
  • Engaging in high quality data


  • Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing our schools (2nd ed.).Turnaround Schools Publications.
  • Newman, R. (2013). Teaching and learning in the 21st century: Connecting the dots. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Marie Mafnas

EDU 650 - Teaching, Learning & Leading in the 21st Century

Jackie Kyger

September 24, 2015