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What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You: A China/U.S. Perspective (Presentation)
Chinese families focus primarily on standardized testing as key to admission, which means that Chinese students are often challenged by a lack of core skills necessary for a successful transition…
Plus One: Adding Character Assessment to Admission (Presentation)
Learn about Lakeside School’s journey with the Character Skills Snapshot in its inaugural year, from the debate surrounding requiring it for admission to its value in the process.
The Reading Passage Interview: Our 10-Year Experience
Ten years ago, the admission team at St. Mark’s School of Texas adopted a reading passage interview process for middle and upper school applicants.
Leading the Selection Process Wisely, Fairly and Diplomatically (Presentation)
Making fair, smart, mission-driven decisions that keep internal and external constituencies on board is challenging. Faculty, coaches, alumni, parents, and senior administrators judge and define us by our success or…
Fairness in Testing
Well-designed tests do not create differences; they only measure differences.
Character Counts and Counting Character: A New Way to Measure Skills
The Snapshot, so named because it captures an applicant’s view of their character skills at a moment in time, was off to a quick start with an official rollout that…
The Interview: Am I Buying or Am I Selling?
Unlike the professional salesperson, the professional interviewer must fulfill a dual role: Not only should interviewers be skilled in the art of selling, they must also understand the nuanced art…
Developing The Character Skills Snapshot
Based on recommendations from the Think Tank on the Future of Assessment over the last several years, EMA felt strongly that member schools should be closely involved in the development…
The Trouble with Parents: How to Interview for Fit - Presentation
As educational organizations, we can certainly influence the development of a child, but the parents of that child are another matter altogether.
Assessing Character Skills - Presentation
Character skills are increasingly becoming part of the conversation around student selection and success.
Using Backwards Planning to Design a New Admission Process - Presentation
Ask the Experts: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Assessments but Were Afraid to Ask - Presentation
The Process of Discernment: Unveiling Aptitude and Character - Presentation
Acting on Character: The Character Skills Snapshot
Advancing a Revolution: The Institute on Character and Admission
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Measuring What Matters in Admission
Never before has assessment been such a central and scrutinized component of the K-12 educational experience.
The Med School Example - Building a Better, Stronger, Faster Interview
Using the MMI to revamp the admission interview process
"The Test" - Must Read, With Caveat.
Though it’s true testing needs fixing, it also offers extraordinary promise for improving our childrens’ education.
We Believe…But Is That Enough?
Is there evidence that collecting and using assessments of student learning really does promote improved student learning outcomes?
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
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