The List

Personal qualities not measured by tests:


The list was inspired by a paragraph written by Robert Glaser, of the University of Pittsburgh for the National Academy of Education in 1987. It occurred in NAE’s critique of a plan to restructure the national assessment of educational progress and simply stated that the human qualities we value most are very difficult to assess, naming a few such qualities. One day, after rereading this passage, I created a list of these qualities that are either not assessed by tests in schools or which cannot be assessed by tests.

The qualities in the list cannot be directly taught. They can, however, be modeled, but only if teachers have sufficient time to model them or to discuss those people whose lives stand out as the qualities’ exemplars.

-Gerald W. Bracey


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