Summit Public Schools K-12 Assessment

Assessment System for Habits of Success

Participating Schools: 

  • Locations: 
    • Daly City, CA
    • El Cerrito ,CA
    • Redwood City, CA
    • San Jose, CA
    • Seattle, WA
    • Sunnyvale, CA
    • Tacoma, WA
  • Settings: Urban, Suburban
  • School Types: Charter
  • Targeted Grades: 6-12
  • Number of Participating Students: More than 1,000
  • Number of Participating Teachers: More than 200
  • Curriculum Areas: Interdisciplinary

The Team: 

  • Summit Public Schools
  • Research partner, to be determined
  • Schools participating in Summit Basecamp

The Project: Summit Public Schools has developed a personalized learning model that addresses the four key elements of college and career readiness for every student.  The organization has already developed a robust assessment system for cognitive skills and content knowledge. They are now turning their attention to Habits of Success. Through this project, they are creating targeted assessments for learning for each of five categories of Habits of success.  

As part of this assessment for learning system, teachers will have a clear framework and resources to promote student learning in these important skills. They will ensure the assessments in this area complement the other aspects of their assessment and learning system. Most importantly, students will develop the skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond through a comprehensive curriculum and assessment system that addresses each component of college and career readiness.

The Hypothesis: If we 

  1. Create a common language for Habits of Success
  2. Develop assessments around this common language that allow for formative and summative measurement of student growth
  3. Use this assessment system in conjunction with the other components of our personalized learning model

then we will see measurable growth in students’ Habits of Success, which will lead to greater student success on other measurements of skill and knowledge, including their cognitive skills and content knowledge.

The Learning: The project team seeks to create a systemic way to support Summit students’ growth in Habits of Success skills that can be scaled across the network of Summit schools, and eventually to partner schools beyond the Summit network. They are also creating the infrastructure for testing research-based interventions and for sharing their learning in meaningful, usable ways with networks of personalized learning educators. They look to draw on peers in the Assessment for Learning Project community of practice as valuable resources and thought partners to create a powerful assessment system for Habits of Success.