No Excuses University Assessments

Week 5 Discussion 1

“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (Lopez, 2013, p.97).

My Views

Though I understand what Lopez’s message is saying about how assessments is not about you as a teacher and it is about your students. In my opinion, the teachers performance is based primarily on the data their students achieve or do not achieve. As Lopez goes on to say we should “use the information in a way that helps us to generate greater success for them” (p. 97). Therefore by analyzing the data and having students reflect on how the students scored, we can help our students to become better aware of their education.

“Defending our Assessment Practices” (p.98).

As I consider the 4 questions Lopez list. I think about the past assessments that my classes have taken this year. Many of them are written by the state or prior teachers. I personally do not feel engaged in the test because I do not have the opportunity to build the assessments. However I do write my own quizzes for my classes and find more value in them.

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

I am not sure if I can accurately answer this question because I am not a part of the writers of the assessment at the current school I teach at. However, at the last school I taught at I believe I succeeded in making my students feel a partner to my assessments because together we were active participants in the process to make the test.


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

Week 5 Discussion 1

By: LaTonya Bartell