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The Truth About Assessments

The Truth about Assessments

By Elina Bagshaw

Let’s say you are experiencing some car trouble.

You take your car to the mechanic. Would you let the mechanic start randomly replacing parts? Or would you expect the mechanic to perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine the root of the problem?  

For most of us, we would expect the mechanic to take the time to diagnose the problem and provide workable solutions that fit both our time and budgetary needs.

The reality of course, is that the fixes may take too long for our liking or they don’t necessarily fit our budgetary needs.  Regardless, normally we would get the car fixed anyway.   

The truth

For most of us, without our car we would have a great deal of difficulty getting to work, getting groceries or doing any of the myriad of other travel required tasks that we use the car for every day.   

In other words, we would be scrambling to figure out how to get around without our car.

This brings me to education  

Without education in this day and age, it would be fair to say that we would be significantly disadvantaged as to what jobs are available to us, what opportunities we could take advantage of, how far up the corporate ladder we could climb or how large of a corporate ladder we could build.  

Education then is the foundation upon which we build our financial, social and cognitive lives

Interestingly, many of us go through school without coming even close to reaching our full potential.  

Our school grades may or may not reflect this.  As is often the case, there are holes in our knowledge — small or large, the ramifications can compound over time.   These cognitive gaps might be picked up by a teacher, or might not.  

Given that most classrooms today have at least 20 students, the odds that more than 1 or 2 areas of need are picked up are slim.

One of the best ways to identify these cognitive gaps is through a thorough diagnostic assessment  

The process to the student is straightforward enough that children from K to 12 can be assessed in 1 hour time chunks so as to maintain concentration levels and not skew the results.  

The end result is a thorough diagnostic and identification of the cognitive gaps that virtually every person has.   

Virtually everyone has educational knowledge gaps.
Despite what report cards may say

Like a new or used car, they and we are not perfect and need to be tuned up to work our best – to be the best we can possibly be. 

Take the time to get to the root of your child’s educational knowledge gaps with a thorough assessment.  Your child will benefit from a lifetime of cognitive improvement and you will have a true understanding of what strengths your child has and what areas need improvement. 

And isn’t that really what we want. 

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