By: Selina Likely


Lopez's quoted, “Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students”(97). I believe that statement to be true. In my mind assessments are for both students and teacher. Assessments are done with the purpose of letting students and teachers know what needs to be done differently. When students are not improving or learning the skills, then it is time for other strategies to be offered. My mindset on Lopez's quote about assessments has not changed because I know assessments is a tool that does works in the education system.

Defending our Assessment Practices

  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?

As an educator, we should ask ourselves questions about how we know if the students are learning. The first questions is asking teachers why are you doing the assessment in the first place. I think that teachers should assess students on anything they are teaching the students. This can be done by asking one or two questions. The next questions wants to know if the assessments teachers are using is working for the students. Basically, are the students taking anything away from the assessment. The third question asking teachers why continue participating in an assessment that does not show if students are learning or not. The last questions wants to know if the teacher know how to read and do an assessment correctly. All of these questions are valuable. In my practice, I help tutor students with math. I am using different types of assessments to see if my students are learning. These questions will remind me that assessments will let me know if my students are learning.

Succeeded To Making Students My Partner in Assessment

When I tutor students in math I do all sorts of assessments to have the students to check their answers. I have students to make their own problems and find the answer to each problem. I give quizzes. I will have the students to retell me their steps in finding the answer to the problems.


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