Learning beyond the test score

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Learning beyond the test score

It's really interesting what parents are focusing on these days and educators are focusing on. Everyone is focusing on test scores and grades and how a kid is performing, as opposed to what we call mastery, what they're really learning and understanding. And the problem with this myopic focus on performance and grades is that you lose the big picture. What we really want are kids who can succeed in the twenty-first century. They need to know how to collaborate. They need to know how to be creative. They need to know how to think critically. Think outside the box. They need to be healthy and resilient. And they need to have integrity. And so with the focus only on grades, your forgetting about all these other really important things that you need to do for your kid. So your question shouldn't be, "Honey how'd you do on the History test?" It should be, "How was school today? What was exciting? What challenged you? How are your friends?" Anything besides the grades and the test scores. That's how we're going to end up focusing on the right things.

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Denise Pope, PhD

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Denise Pope, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education. For the past 13 years, she has specialized in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that aims to reduce unhealthy pressure on youth and champions a broader vision of youth success. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. Her book, Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. Dr. Pope is a three time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award.  Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.

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