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EDUCATE INSIGHT: K-12 School Assessments

EDUCATE INSIGHT: K-12 School Assessments

Measure what matters: the core critical thinking skills and mindset factors which research has shown enable and motivate children to learn.

EDUCATE INSIGHT: Critical thinking assessment program for K-12

Critical thinking is the key to educational success throughout the world. Students possessing strength in critical thinking are better equipped to solve problems, to understand and to integrate content material, and to achieve in school. And that achievement prepares them for tomorrow.  

EDUCATE INSIGHT is a comprehensive critical thinking assessment program for K-12 education. Insight Assessment K-12 reasoning skills tests provide objective metrics on the strength and weaknesses of core components of student thinking skills including mathematical reasoning.  Our K-12 thinking mindset assessments document key thinking attributes such as learning orientation, creative problem solving and mental focus.

EDUCATE INSIGHT makes possible reliable long-term tracking of individual and group thinking performance metrics as students progress through grades K-12 and beyond. Comprehensive reports provide validated data for documenting learning outcomes achievement, for selective admissions and to inform teaching and learning.

Schools and academies of all kinds -- independent, charter, public, private, international – depend Insight Assessment critical thinking test instruments to gather solid evidence on this key learning outcome.

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Measure K-12 Critical Thinking Skills

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Measure what matters: the core critical thinking skills and mindset factors which research has shown enable and motivate children to learn.

EDUCATE INSIGHT K-12 reasoning skills tests provide objective metrics on these strength and weaknesses of core components of student thinking skills including mathematical reasoning:

Analysis

Analytical skills are used to identify assumptions, reasons, themes, and the evidence used in making arguments or offering explanations. Analytical skills enable us to consider all the key elements in any given situation, and to determine how those elements relate to one another. People with strong analytical skills notice important patterns and details.  People use analysis to gather the most relevant information from spoken language, documents, signs, charts, graphs, and diagrams.

Interpretation

Interpretation is the process of discovering, determining, or assigning meaning.  Interpretation skills can be applied to anything, e.g. written messages, charts, diagrams, maps, graphs, memes, and verbal and non-verbal exchanges. People apply their interpretive skills to behaviors, events, and social interactions when deciding what they think something means in a given context.

Evaluation

Evaluative reasoning skills enable us to assess the credibility of sources of information and the claims they make.  We use these skills to determine the strength or weakness of arguments.  Applying evaluation skills we can judge the quality of analyses, interpretations, explanations, inferences, options, opinions, beliefs, ideas, proposals, and decisions.  Strong explanation skills can support high-quality evaluation by providing the evidence, reasons, methods, criteria, or assumptions behind the claims made and the conclusions reached. 

Evaluation

Evaluative reasoning skills enable us to assess the credibility of sources of information and the claims they make.  We use these skills to determine the strength or weakness of arguments.  Applying evaluation skills we can judge the quality of analyses, interpretations, explanations, inferences, options, opinions, beliefs, ideas, proposals, and decisions.  Strong explanation skills can support high-quality evaluation by providing the evidence, reasons, methods, criteria, or assumptions behind the claims made and the conclusions reached. 

Explanation

Explanation is the process of justifying what we have decided to do or what we have decided to believe.  People with strong explanation skills provide the evidence, methods, and considerations they actually relied on when making their judgment. Explanations can include our assumptions, reasons, values, and beliefs. Strong explanations enable others to understand and to evaluate our decisions. 

Induction

Inductive reasoning relies on estimating likely outcomes. Decision making in contexts of uncertainty relies on inductive reasoning. Inductive decisions can be based on analogies, case studies, prior experience, statistical analyses, simulations, hypotheticals, trusted testimony, and the patterns we may recognize in a set of events, experiences, symptoms or behaviors. Inductive reasoning always leaves open the possibility, however remote, that a highly probable conclusion might be mistaken. Although it does not yield certainty, inductive reasoning can provide a solid basis for confidence in our conclusions and a reasonable basis for action.

Deduction

Deductive reasoning is rigorously logical and clear cut. Deductive skills are used whenever we determine the precise logical consequences of a given set of rules, conditions, beliefs, values, policies, principles, procedures, or terminology. Deductive reasoning is deciding what to believe or what to do in precisely defined contexts that rely on strict rules and logic.  Deductive validity results in a conclusion which absolutely cannot be false, if the assumptions or premises from which we started all are true. Deductive validity leaves no room for uncertainty. That is, unless we decide to change the very meanings of our words or the grammar of our language.

Numeracy

Numeracy refers to the ability to make judgments based on quantitative information in a variety of contexts. People with strong numeracy can describe how quantitative information is gathered, manipulated, and represented textually, verbally, and visually in graphs, charts, tables and diagrams. Numeracy requires all the core critical thinking skills. Numeracy includes being thoughtfully reflective while interpreting the meaning of information expressed in charts, graphs, or text formats, analyzing those elements, drawing accurate inferences from that information, and explaining and evaluating how those conclusions were reached. 

OVERALL Score

The reasoning OVERALL  Score describes overall strength in using reasoning to form reflective judgments about what to believe or what to do. To score well overall, the test-taker must excel in the sustained, focused and integrated application of core reasoning skills including analysis, interpretation, inference, evaluation, explanation, induction and deduction. The OVERALL score predicts the capacity for success in educational or workplace settings which demand reasoned decision making and thoughtful problem solving.

The following assessments are calibrated to measure the reasoning skills of K-12 students

EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades 3-5

EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades 6-8

EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades 9-12

Engaging problems and making decisions using critical thinking involves both skills and habits of mind. For a complete comprehensive measurement of whether students are ‘willing and able’ to think well, it is recommended that both skills and mindset attributes be measured.

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Nurture a Critical Thinking Mindset

Strong reasoning skills and thinking mindset are needed for decision strength. Insight Assessment

Academic success is enhanced when we cultivate in students the five attributes needed to engage problems, to evaluate ideas, and to spot false promises.

These attributes form the “critical thinking mindset,” now recognized cross-culturally worldwide as the essential complement to critical thinking skills.

  • Mental Focus:  A desire to solve problems with organization and effort
  • Learning Orientation: Knowledge seeking, with a love of learning
  • Creative Problem-solving: The drive to solve problems innovatively
  • Cognitive Integrity: The effort to solve problems honestly and open-mindedly
  • Scholarly Rigor: Striving for deeper understanding when the learning task is difficult (Grades 6-12)

These EDUCATE INSIGHT assessments have been calibrated to measure the critical thinking attributes of K-12 students.  Motivation toward problem solving and learning are documented by objective metrics.

Engaging problems and making decisions using critical thinking involves both skills and habits of mind. For a complete comprehensive measurement of whether students are ‘willing and able’ to think well, it is recommended that both skills and mindset attributes be measured.

Contact us for more information or a complimentary project quote.

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