Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes

by Yong Zhao

Overemphasizing test scores as measures of achievement is potentially harmful to education. The contributors identify key traits such as mindset, motivation, social skills, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit that students, teachers, and schools need to acknowledge and cultivate. Educators are asked to shift the evaluation paradigm to focus on a multiplicity of skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

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•Examine the problems with current measures of students’ skills, including why tests have great limitations as a means of measuring human qualities.
•Review the crucial role of personality traits in academic and lifelong achievement.
•Learn how motivational factors interact with each other and the impact they may have for educational evaluation..
•Discover the importance of and how to measure global competence.
•Appraise strategies for improving school climates.
•Explore nonacademic qualities valuable to long-term educational outcomes.