No Excuses University


"Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students" (Lopez, Chapter 8, pg. 97).

My mindset has changed slightly after reading the chapter on assessment. I agree that as a teacher you should be aware of where the students stands. However, I also agree that assessment should be beneficial. What benefits will the student gained from the assessment? Assessments are given "without any explanation of what they are measuring or how it will help them achieve success in the long run" (Lopez, Chapter 8, pg. 97).

Defending Our Assessment Practices

Why are you participating in the assessment that you use with students?
I personally do not have any students. However, I think the main reasoning behind assessments given to students is regulations. I think common core state standards and assessments of the like are mandated.
Can you share in explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment?
A value in assessment is allowing the teacher to see in which areas a student may need assistance. Assessment can also show in which areas a student may be excelling.
Do you participate in assessments that you find no value in for students?
I cannot say that I have participated in any assessment that I find no value. The value could be seen in the eyes of the state or the parents of the students.
Are you using an assessment you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help with?
At this current time I do not have this dilemma. In the future I would not be afraid to ask for help with something that I am not familiar with.
In what ways have you succeeded/failed to make students your partner is assessment?
One way in which I typically see failure is the approach. The teachers do not explain why the particular assessment is being given. The teachers are not explaining how the assessment will be beneficial.


Lopez, D. (2013). No Excuses University: How Six Exceptional Systems Are Revolutionizing Our Schools (2nd ed.). Turnaround Schools Publications.