"Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students" (Lopez, p.970).

One of the biggest things about reading Lopez, is that he has a way of getting to the main point at hand. This quote should stand as a reminder to teachers on a daily basis of the reasoning behind why we do our job, and that student growth and achievement is at the forefront.

Utilization of the 4 Questions in My Teaching

  • The questions will keep me on track for the main goal
  • Provide an extra look into why and how I deliver the assessments
  • Make me realize when I need to reach out for help on delivery or to change outcomes
  • Will ensure my students' success and my consistent improvement in my own methods

Success & Failure

Based off what I expect the classroom would be

  • I think there is a failure in transparency of the assessments; taking an approach as suggested by Lopez, we must explain to our students the reasoning behind what we are getting after
  • One that we can turn from failure to success is participating in assessments that you as a teacher see no value. If we can take a different approach, and find a new assessment or way to go about the same result this will yield the proper result of what we are trying to get to
  • The number one big success is always making assessments a part of the teaching skills. Also, I have seen that if something doesn't work, the teachers work to change them, and deliver the best results for the students.


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