K-12 schools use EDUCATE INSIGHT assessments to assess critical thinking because they need objective information to assist them in identifying applicants who are ready, willing, and able to think and to learn.
Assessing Critical thinking for Selective Admissions
Today the pressure on selective schools is immense, as parents, eager to provide the best possible start in life for their children, strive to have them admitted to the best schools possible. But a tsunami of applications can actually present problems for selective K-12 schools. Schools know that it is a disservice to admit a child who is not prepared to succeed academically. And schools know that their admissions processes need to be as fair, objective, and thorough as possible.
To address these twin problems, selective schools are adding critical thinking mindset and critical thinking skills measures to their applications package.
EDUCATE INSIGHT provides a comprehensive thinking assessment program with instruments calibrated for students from kindergarten to high school.
EDUCATE INSIGHT K-12 Thinking Mindset
- As a first screen on admissions, schools use EDUCATE INSIGHT thinking mindset tools to assess a child’s expectations and attitudes toward using thinking to learn things and to solve problems. Parents and teachers know that a positive desire to engage in thinking and learning is very important to a child’s educational success. By contrast, students who are unwilling to apply themselves are not only difficult to teach, they take valuable places away from more deserving applicants. Used as part of an admissions package, EDUCATE INSIGHT thinking mindset assessments provide objective information about the applicant’s mental focus, learning orientation, and approach to problem solving.
EDUCATE INSIGHT K-12 Reasoning Skills
- Children with stronger critical thinking skills have a huge advantage at every educational level. That is why schools use the EDUCATE INSIGHT reasoning skills series as part of the second, more refined, admissions screening to identify strengths and weaknesses in core thinking skills.
Critical thinking skills empower learning. By engaging their skills children learn important content and, at the same time, they exercise and strengthen those skills.
- Just like learning a sport or a musical instrument, critical thinking skills grow stronger when guided by the teacher’s watchful coaching. Learning is so much more than memorizing facts. Ultimately education means learning to think well. Through education, as contrasted with rote memorization, a child learns to be analytical, to draw reasonable inferences, and to explain why and how things work. Through learning to think, the child becomes able to correctly evaluate the credibility and the quality of reasons and information. Whether educators are using a Montessori approach or some other method to ask “Why?” and “How?” questions, engagement in thinking is the key to learning.
EDUCATE INSIGHT assessments are calibrated for use with children at different grade levels, are standardized, objective measures of critical thinking skills. Using scenarios that are familiar and age-appropriate, these tests invite children to apply their reasoning skills in order to analyze information, to draw inferences, to evaluate options and explanations.
It is important to note that no specific test prep is needed before taking a critical thinking skills test beyond general education focused on the development of critical thinking skills. A good critical thinking test is not going to be a test of factual knowledge about critical thinking. Memorizing information and definitions is not the key. A good reasoning test will engage you in using your thinking skills and mindset because critical thinking is a process.
Bottom Line: selective K-12 schools incorporate EDUCATE INSIGHT into their application process because they know strong critical thinking predicts academic and professional success. Making the measurement of critical thinking at program entry strengthens comprehensive selective admission and placement programs.
Contact us today to learn more about how you can use the EDUCATE INSIGHT K-12 series to measure what matters most – critical thinking.
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