How to Measure the Seemingly Unmeasurable

Although many educators agree that empathy, initiative, and problem-solving skills are important to student success in the 21st century, these skills are often underemphasized because they’re not easily measured. These so-called “soft skills” aren’t captured in traditional standardized assessments, like tests, and it’s difficult to draw scientificically rigorous conclusions about the correlation between implementation of certain practices and improvement in these skills. Yet one organization has found a solution: ask the kids.

By Laura Zax