PSE not ready to use “grit” tests to measure teaching effectiveness, says researcher

March 29, 2016

A pioneering researcher in the connection between “grit” and individual success has said that she feels “queasy” about institutions using her ideas to measure the effectiveness of teachers and schools. Professor Angela Duckworth has spent years studying the correlation between specific types of resilience and people who become successful and estimable. While Duckworth has developed her own tests to determine whether an individual has a high level of “grit,” she is unequivocal in stating that “We’re nowhere near ready—and perhaps never will be—to use feedback on character as a metric for judging the effectiveness of teachers and schools. We shouldn’t be punishing schools for how students perform on these measures.” Inside Higher Ed