Students’ motivation, mindset, “grit” and other noncognitive traits will be measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the “nation’s report card,” beginning in 2017, reports Education Week.
The background survey will include five core areas — grit, desire for learning, school climate, technology use, and socioeconomic status — of which the first two focus on a student’s noncognitive skills, and the third looks at noncognitive factors in the school. . . . In addition, questions about other noncognitive factors, such as self-efficacy and personal achievement goals, may be included on questionnaires for specific subjects . . .
There’s no plan to use NAEP’s noncognitive measures to judge schools.
However, a “coalition of seven California districts that have received waivers from some federal accountability requirements are developing a new accountability system, in which 40 percent of a school’s evaluation will take into account school culture and students’ social and emotional learning,” reports Ed Week. Schools that score poorly on these measures will be paired with a higher-performing school to learn how to improve.
Don’t use measures of noncognitive traits for school accountability, advises Angela Duckworth, who’s pretty much the inventor of “grit” and colleague David Scott Yeager. These measures are not reliable enough for this use, they write.