Assessment FOR Creativity: What Would It Look Like?

Today, more than ever, educators are aware and therefore dissatisfied with the methods of teaching and assessment that we’ve used for decades. The challenge now is how to promote student’s self learning as well as encourage creativity in students. That’s what led me to take Adobe’s edex course on creativity for educators. One thing led to another. Now I’m sharing the nuggets on assessing creativity which I find worthwhile to anyone interested in promoting creativity in themselves and those within their influence, because as we all know, bosses will be best served if they know how to challenge their workers to be more creative instead of simply having workers who behave like robots completing a set of well defined tasks. Ciao!


WordleAssessment is front and center in just about every educational venue today. Whatever we want to develop in schools, we need to think about how it relates to assessment.

To me, one of the most important concepts in assessment is Stiggins’ differentiation of assessment OF learning and assessment FOR learning. Assessment OF learning, of course, is assessment mainly focused on evaluation, letting us know how much students have learned. Assessment FOR learning is primarily designed to help students learn, by giving students and teachers the information they need.

I have said before that the distinction Stiggins made has caused me to contemplate a parallel relationship between assessment and creativity. Researchers have worked for years to develop assessments OF creativity—assessments that will help us recognize and evaluate creativity. But in schools, most assessments have other purposes. Since we must have assessments, let’s design them so they are supportive of students’…

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