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Assessing Habits, Skills, and Dispositions for Student Learning

CCE is excited to announce a new webinar called Assessing Habits, Skills, and Dispositions for Student Learning: A Method on April 13, 2016 from 3:30-4:30 PM EDT.

As the New York Times reported in February, school districts are increasingly developing assessments to test students’ non-academic skills like self-control, conscientious, and grit. This trend is based on growing base of research evidence on the relationship between certain habits, skills, and dispositions and student success.

For example, as Paul Tough summarized in his 2012 book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, students who display characteristics like grit, the ability to remain focused on a specific goal, or growth mindset, the belief that characteristics are not fixed but can be improved, are more likely to successful in a variety of areas.

This is true even when accounting for factors like IQ or SAT scores, indicating that these non-academic habits, skills, and dispositions might play an important, but previously underappreciated, role in student success.

We at CCE strongly believe in the importance of integrating habits, skills, and dispositions into teaching and assessments. But we have taken a different approach from other organizations that have relied on student self-reports. Through our Quality Performance Assessment and MA Personalized Learning Network, we have created a set of protocols, tools, and methods for developing performance assessments to measure these essential habits, skills, and dispositions.

Unlike self-reported surveys, these performance assessments are not impacted by self-report bias; students can’t fake their way through them. Additionally, quality performance assessments don’t just measure students’ habits, skills, and dispositions—they help students develop and strengthen them by providing authentic opportunities for students to demonstrate them in real-world situations.

If this sounds interesting to you, please sign up for our webinar where will provide more information about our approach for using performance assessments to measure these essential habits, skills, and dispositions. All attendees will receive copies of webinar resources and materials.

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