No Excuses University


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

-Damen Lopez

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

I agree with Lopez, assessments should be used as a tool to help educators collect data from students instead of teaching through a textbook, quiz, and or standardized test. I believe assessments are imperative. Classroom assessments should focus on the students while at the same time provide feedback for both the teacher and the students on the quality of learning and the effectiveness of the teaching taking place in the classroom. Assessments will also show the teacher if there are any breaks between what the students know and what the teacher expects them to know or even have clarity of. Education is the key to success and it is very important for children. We as educators are here to make sure the students get the qualifications that is needed for them to be successful in life.

Consider the 4 questions Lopez lists under “Defending our Assessment Practices”. 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?

Think about the following questions related to assessment:

1. Why are you participating in the assessments that you use with students?

2. Can you share in 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?

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?

These questions can benefit me as a teacher in the classroom because it will allow me to prepare myself mentally before I assess any of the children in my classes. It is my opinion that these questions are important because it allows teachers to seriously think about the benefits of assessments before presenting the assessments to the students. These questions that Lopez states are ones that each teacher should ask themselves before each lesson as well as each assessment. Answering these questions before a lesson can help with the assessment. These questions lead the way for a successful assessment. If the educator has not carefully planned for a lesson including assessments how can one give an assessment and expect a great outcome. Using these questions in my own classroom is beneficial to me as well as my students.

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

As an educator I carefully observe and listen to my students to be able to recognize their individual needs. I also apply the information I learned from the assessments to help me develop lesson plans. I will use the skills I learned from this course to make sure both the students and I are successful.

Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are

revolutionizing our schools(2nd ed.). Turnaround Schools Publications