No Excuses University,


Ashley Miller

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

(Lopez, 2013, p.97).

Share your perspective on Lopez’s quote and statement above. Describe how your mindset has changed or been validated.

My mindset had been validated. Just like in retail the customer is always right, the students’ well being is always number priority, no excuses. As an educator, or just as a team, you along with your colleagues need to make sure that you all have the tool to help your student body succeed.

Consider the 4 questions Lopez lists under “Defending our Assessment Practices” (p.98). How might you use these questions in your current or anticipated practice? What value might it add to your practice by keeping these questions in mind?

I will use these questions to make sure that the assessments I am currently using are still relevant and still effective. Making sure that you are using an assessment you are comfortable with and can see it making a difference is important for the success of your students.

"State tests are required across the country, and they serve a role for districts and schools as they help to track trends over time."

(Lopez, 2013, Ch.8)

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

Since I am not in my own classroom yet I will give my thoughts. Making a student a partner in assessment is brilliant. Creating Rubric that they can see before they start an assignment gives them an idea of what their teacher is looking for in the final product. The way to help your students succeed is with constant collaboration.


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