Beyond the Test: New Measures for Teacher Influence and Student Success

Program Dates 
January 10, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Over the past decade, one of the most controversial and troubling topics in education is standardized testing. While informative, do test scores really provide a good, predictive measure of academic success for students? Are student test scores a useful reflection of teacher quality? Research from Dr. Kirabo Jackson of Northwestern University points to alternative, noncognitive measures that can be much stronger at identifying student success and teacher effectiveness. Jackson's research is opening the door to understanding how to measure skills such as adaptability, motivation, and self-restraint - skills that are essential to success in college and career - and teachers' impact on development of those skills. Join this webinar to learn more about this research and its implications for education philanthropy.

Following Dr. Jackson, Janet Lopez of the Rose Community Foundation will discuss how these findings reflect an evolution in how we think about the role of teachers and what we measure, as well as what this means for funders in supporting long-term student success. Celine Coggins of Grantmakers for Education will facilitate a discussion between Dr. Jackson, Dr. Lopez, and webinar attendees.

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