No Excuses University

As stated by Lopez (2013), "Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students" (p. 97).

Lopez' statement clearly asserts assessments are about students, not teachers; and he makes a valid point because the main focus should be that students learn as a result of their classroom experience. As a result of reviewing Lopez' material, I have adjusted my attitude towards assessments, as well as, my way of thinking about them.

Upon consideration of Lopez' four (4) questions, my participation in the assessment process, is beneficial because it acts as a measuring tool. Its outcome reveals students' strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, participation in assessments are of great value to both teacher and students. Currently, the assessment tools I have implemented required my collaboration with other educators. Again, it played a vital role because it helped me understand better how to approach the assessment, and how to apply its outcome to future teaching techniques and strategies.

Defending our Assessment Practices

The focus of an educator is to promote an encouraging learning environment. Therefore, if I were exploring the use of a particular assessment in my classroom, I would consider using the questions Lopez refers to, because they are thought-provoking and add value to the subject at hand.

Success vs. Failure

Consulting with or including students in the assessment process is vital, because it gives a voice and helps them know they are valued.


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

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