Week 5 Discussion 1

Latonia Barnes

Share your perspective on Lopez’s quote and statement above. Describe how your mindset has changed or been validated

Reading over chapter 8 had some very informative information that I really never thought about until I read the chapter. Lopez's quote “Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (Lopez, 2013 p.97). That is a statement that is very much true, assessments are made to help teachers decide whether students are learning the information given to them, if the students need more help an any area, or just to help the teachers with what to teach the student's. Assessments can be quizzes, tests, or anything of that nature. So I believe that Lopez's quote is on point and needed to remind teachers as to why assessments are really given.

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?

Lopez's 4 questions under "Defending our Practices" were questions that teachers should use on a daily basis to remind them why assessments are given. I think those 4 questions should be posted somewhere in sight where the teacher can glance at them at any given time. I would use those questions to help me with lesson plans in my classroom to make sure I am not being over bearing with my assessments that will be given.

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

I am a teacher assistant in my Pre K classroom so I rarely do the assessments but one thing I can say is that the lead teacher I am under has succeeded in making our student's partners in assessments because she actually sits with the students in small groups to see what they are learning, how she can help them learn, what they need more focusing on and how she can help as a teacher to better facilitate the students rather it be assessments or new activities.


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