Author: Ben Keeler

Mar 18, 2015 Character In Schools Part I: What Exactly Is “Character?”

This is a first in a series of three posts about student character in schools. In previous posts, we’ve described why we should measure character and how we are measuring character. This post will provide the definition of character as we see it here at EduMetrics. In future posts, we’ll be diving into what character traits are essential to measure in schools and expand upon our previous posts about how to most accurately measure these traits. To paraphrase a saying I heard a professor once say, you can’t improve what you can’t measure, and you can’t measure what you can’t precisely...

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Jan 29, 2015 To Legitimize Character Education Programs, We Must Measure Student Character Better

A major obstacle standing in the way of comprehensive character education is that current measures of program effectiveness lack scientific accuracy. This makes it difficult to evaluate whether specific curricula are actually improving kids’ capacities. It’s also really hard for school leaders interested in implementing character education programs to compare commercially available options because each program uses different methods to measure effectiveness. But the experience sampling approach to data collection, pushing a few questions a day to devices carried around by students and teachers, could blow the door open on this field and change how we approach making sure these character education programs...

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Jan 21, 2015 How “Experience Sampling” Could Revolutionize Teacher Grade Reports

Think of a typical progress or grade report a teacher writes each quarter. Most of them require a teacher to fill out a rubric or checklist to indicate progress on a variety of behaviors, like active listening, respecting others and staying on task. But what are teachers actually basing these ratings off of after several weeks of school have passed? If we're honest with ourselves (and I spent eight years as a middle and high school history teacher, so I'm included here!), we'd admit that most of us  base them off of vague recollections of past behavior that was either exceptional...

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