Expanding Tools for 21st Century Assessment

Expanding student assessment beyond traditional cognitive measures is a fast-rising tide, as evidenced by the number of scholars, researchers, and scientists focused in this area.

Striving Together for Tools and Methods

It is important that we learn as much as we can from other organizations that are identifying the non-cognitive attributes so critical to academic achievement and life success.

Jonathan E. Martin

on December 17, 2013

Assessing Character: A Meeting With ETS' Patrick Kyllonen

Because a non-cognitive “construct” is another kind of skill, an attribute such as motivation or creativity can be put on a scale and psychometrically studied and quantified like any other “cognitive construct,” such as the ability to solve algebraic equations.

Jonathan E. Martin

on November 13, 2013

Elena Grigorenko, Ph.D. - Apart from the Borg

Grigorenko’s research is vast and voluminous; her research publications list is 26 single-spaced pages. In addition to extensive work on autism, dyslexia, and intellectual development, she has authored many articles around non-cognitive and creativity assessment.

Where to focus, how to prioritize, what to categorize?

As we work toward our recommendations, we have been diving into what Angela Duckworth calls “the noncog moshpit,” and we have been wrestling with what a National Research Council report labels the “jangling” phenomenon

Jonathan E. Martin

on September 11, 2013

Faking It?

In the fields of organizational psychology and psychometrics, faking in self-assessment is so large a concern that entire conferences and books are regularly devoted to the matter.

The Power of the Positive

A core component of grit is an optimistic and positive mindset.

Measuring Non-Cognitives: Views from the NPEA Conference

Harvard's Bill Fitzsimmons clearly loves his work. Admission is a calling for him, a purpose-filled profession that recognizes and honors the individuality of each applicant.

The Rising Tide: Today's Sea Change in Assessment

We are in the midst of a significant sea change at all levels of elementary, middle, and secondary assessment, spurred by technology and focused beyond students’ mastery of specific content.

Measuring The 6 Essential Mission Skills

This is an exciting initiative, and for all of us who want to see our schools do an even better job than they already do in cultivating and advancing these skills, we should applaud.

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