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Can perseverance, self-control, resilience, empathy, creativity and critical thinking be part of the testing agenda, too?

Ruby author Bill Lucas and his University of Winchester colleague Ellen Spencer wonder about the advantages and disadvantages of assessing capabilities

It's a sad but undeniable truth that, in education, what gets assessed tends to get prioritised. So Maths, English and Science are valued because they feature in SATS and PISA and will be core to Progress 8. Subjects like music or D & T will probably be less available as they become less central to the testing agenda.

But what about other important desirable outcomes of education - perseverance, self-control, resilience, empathy, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking? Things which are much needed for success both in school and out, but which the traditional model of schooling has not addressed well. 
Can these be part of the testing agenda, too? If they were, what might the impact be on schooling?

You can read the rest of the blog here on the TES website.