19 Qualities Not Measured By Most Tests

What are some of the best reasons we should test students? To figure out where they stand as a whole? To learn a bit more about where they’re stumbling or struggling to grasp key concepts? What can we do to improve the quality of tests?

Come to think of it … why are we still focusing on tests?

There are many key qualities not measured by tests. For example, the below visual details 19 different qualities such as courage, humor, empathy, humility, and creativity. All of these (and more!) are things that you can’t really quantify using a standardized test.

This raises the big question: if standardized tests aren’t properly measuring these characteristics of students, then why are we still so reliant on them? I know this is a popular gripe for many of us in the education industry, but this visual really paints a pretty clear picture as to why tests (standardized or not) are not the be-all and end-all solution to the question of how we should start improving education. In fact, testing seems to raise even more questions than it answers.

Perhaps someday we will be able to quantify these qualities not measured by tests. In the meantime, keep this graphic in mind.


Source: DysclexicKids.net


  1. Pam Stagg

    January 6, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Great graphic, good points. Just a small point: when words like dyslexic are mis-spelled (as in the net address above) readers tend to question the intelligence and credibility of the article’s author. Human nature, so it’s crucial to do the obligatory revision of one’s writing before publishing. Cheers.

  2. Donna D.

    January 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Standardized testing isn’t the only means of assessment. In a complete program there are formative and summative assessments and evaluations, which allow for analysis of whether goals and objectives have been met. This opinion leaves out a great deal regarding standardized testing, which is an accountability and academic capability measure evaluated at district, state, and national levels. Formative assessment focuses on the individual students at campus level and it is through formative measurements where the individual qualities mentioned in the article are able to be evaluated.