The Law School at UC Berkeley is looking beyond the LSAT that predicts only first year law school success, to include measures that predict success as a lawyer in admissions decisions.
And we should not be surprised to learn that on the alternative measures, gender, racial, and ethnic gaps are minimized.
In K-12 schools, no one really believes that the qualities that will eventually make young people successful (or not) as adults can be measured only in the week-long testing marathons to which they are now subjected.
But we have no coherent conversation about what — beyond reading and math –they’ll need to thrive in this complicated world or how we ensure that we’re teaching and assessing those things, also.
It’s an important move to begin asking at the point of law school admission about the qualities that predict success beyond the classroom.
It’s a different but more pressing question to ask how we value and nurture some of those same qualities in children who otherwise may never dream of going to college, because their public identities now are shaped by very narrow measures that identify them as failures.
How do we even begin the conversation about educating for — and measuring — what matters in K-12 schools?