No Excuses University

In Chapter 8, Lopez sends a resounding message: “Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (p.97). He goes on to say that our reason for assessing students should be grounded in our commitment to use the information collected in a way that helps us generate greater success for our students.

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

I agree with Lopez; in every aspect it should always be about the student. My mindset has been validated because the results for assessments should always be used to help the students to improve and develop. Teachers should use the results to learn where the students need extra attention.

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?

These questions serve as a guide to understanding assessments. They also remind the teachers of the purpose of these assessments. As teachers we have to be sure to keep the students in mind during the assessments. These questions can help me because a better educator for the students.

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

I've failed to explain to the students the purpose of assessments. I've learned that students need to know that the assessment is to text their knowledge to better educate them.


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