In Chapter 8, Lopez sends a resounding message: “Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (p.97). He goes on to say that our reason for assessing students should be grounded in our commitment to use the information collected in a way that helps us generate greater success for our students.

  • Share your perspective on Lopez’s quote and statement above. Describe how your mindset has changed or been validated.
  • Consider the 4 questions Lopez lists under “Defending our Assessment Practices” (p.98). How might you use these questions in your current or anticipated practice? What value might it add to your practice by keeping these questions in mind?
  • In what ways have you succeeded/failed to make students your partner in assessment?


Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing our schools(2nd ed.). Turnaround Schools Publications.

  • Chapter 8: Assessment (p. 98)
    • This chapter addresses the “bureaucracy of assessment” and how to best use the leadership team to create components of the assessment plan.

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