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The Enrollment Management Association's Think Tank on the Future of Assessment was established to create a conversation about 21st century admission and the needs of enrollment managers during their selection process.  Having studied current research and interviewing numerous experts in the field of noncognitive assessment, they produced two seminal reports and were instrumental in the creation of the Character Skills Assessment and the Character Skills Toolkit. A blog series researched and written by think tank member Jonathan E. Martin also explored a variety of viewpoints on this topic.

Important questions the committee pondered in order to educate themselves and our community about new trends affecting independent school admission:

• How do we better understand our students’ many kinds of minds, and look for new ways standardized testing can reveal more about them?

• How should we support the professionalism and consistency of the admission process and consider carefully what will serve independent schools 10-20 years from now so we can better lead the profession forward?

• How do we pull together the best available thinking on broadening admission assessments and share that thinking widely?

• How might we test for important character attributes in the admission process?

Think Tank Members Were:

  • Ray Diffley, AISAP (CT) (Chair)
  • Jonathan E. Martin, Jonathan E. Martin Educational Services (AZ)
  • Nancy Hayes, New Canaan Country School (CT)
  • Marjorie Mitchell, The Westminster Schools (GA)

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