No Excuses University Assessment

No Excuses University Assessment

Miguel Alvarado

March 16, 2016

A Perspective on Lopez’s Quote & Statement

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

This is true statement I agree with it 100 percent. If it is not for the students then the teacher might not a be teacher. He or she would just be a person full of knowledge with no class or student to share it with no job or classroom to attend to.

As mentioned in chapter eight that assessment is used to make better student later. It is about a person’s commitment to what they do and believing to make this happen you have to be 100 percent submitted in applying oneself whole. Assessment without a question is an important aspect of education, this is a method of measuring what the students are retaining and what it is that they comprehend. "Assessments are used to make a range of decisions, all of which directly or indirectly affect students (Newman, 2013)". This is without a doubt, it helps both the teacher and the student understand where they are. Therefore, assessments help guide lessons to meet student’s needs; they make certain that students are reaching their academic potential.

Four Journey Questions

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

Can you share in explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment?

Do you participate in assessments that you find no value in for students?

Are you using an assessment you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help with?

What Value Might Add to your Practice by Keeping these Questions in Mind

The four questions are all valid questions that can be utilized in any classroom environment. The values of the questions are they can serve as a guide. Keeping what one should be aware of in a perceptive order to help others. As just recently in my current position, as Post Assistant Inspector General (IG) the office will be conducting an inspection on a particular area of the Post Postpartum Physical Fitness Program. The IG that is leading the inspection has a small understanding of what are the standards and details of the program are. Therefore, because the hospital offers a one-week course, the lead inspector got himself enrolled.

Now just like the assessment the lead inspector gets educated on the program so when it is time for his inspection he will know exactly what the standards are and what right should look like. When it is time for his inspection he will know exactly what the standards are and what right should like in order to make a better assessment of the units program. My point is that when a person is educated on a subject makes it that much easier to assess others to help them understand the program if there is a teach and train opportunity during the assessment.

From my research here in the course and my personal experience having children operating in Common Core System as well in the old standards No Child Left Behind. Teachers have a pressure of responsibility to produce data and numbers this is what drives the school system. What are the assessments are saying, is measured on how well teachers and schools are doing.

Make Students Your Partner in Assessment

What I have taken away from this lesson is that teachers and students play a vital role in the formative assessment process. Both "assessments have an impact on everyone's sense of self and, in particular, on their identities (Newman, 2013, p. 11.4)". The teacher must keep the students actively involved in the path of achieving their goal and how to proceed to the next level. I will keep them engaged in the process by ensuring that they understand why it is and how it will help them get through the circle of success. Hand over the ownership of their studies to the student. When people understand the reasons why something is the way it is, they are more attentive to be receptive of the process.


Lopez, D (2013). No Excuses University: How Six Exceptional Systems Are Revolutionizing Our Schools.

Newman, R. (2013). Teaching and learning in the 21st century: Connecting the dots. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.