School Reformer Personality Quiz

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Although I am sure you have spent a lot of time thinking about the purpose of schooling, I wonder if you have given any thought to which school reformer you most align with. Well now you don't have to! Just take this short quiz and it will tell you. Enjoy!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who can do the most to lead school reform efforts?
    • A. 

      Anyone but the federal government

    • B. 

      Teachers

    • C. 

      The local community as a whole

    • D. 

      Parents who are provided a choice of where to enroll their child

    • E. 

      Instructional leaders

  • 2. 
    Who/what has the biggest impact on a child’s success in school?
    • A. 

      I have my opinion but am more interested in hearing what you have to say.

    • B. 

      Rigorous and well-aligned standards for teaching students

    • C. 

      Community-based support services

    • D. 

      School choice and high expectations for student achievement

    • E. 

      A well-trained teaching workforce

  • 3. 
    What is the biggest obstacle to enacting successful school reforms?
    • A. 

      A lack of focus on external factors (non-school factors)

    • B. 

      A lack of school choice, which has led to a system mired in mediocrity

    • C. 

      Overemphasizing high stakes assessments

    • D. 

      The belief that more money can fix schools

    • E. 

      That pesky federal government

  • 4. 
    What is the purpose of schooling?
    • A. 

      Continued economic success

    • B. 

      Academic attainment

    • C. 

      It’s a national babysitting program… or is it something else?

    • D. 

      Individual growth

    • E. 

      Socialization and promoting democracy

  • 5. 
    What are your feelings on the Common Core State Standards?
    • A. 

      While I support the standards, their success will depend on changes in teacher-student relationships.

    • B. 

      High expectations will lead to higher student achievement.

    • C. 

      Different standards are not going to solve the problems in our schools.

    • D. 

      I think they have potential, but success will depend on well-trained teachers.

    • E. 

      I’m coming around to them.

  • 6. 
    What does effective pedagogy look like?
    • A. 

      Instructional practices that are closely aligned with high stakes assessments

    • B. 

      Research-based methods that are supported by school leadership

    • C. 

      A barn raising approach where the teacher acts as moderator and students support each other in the process

    • D. 

      Student driven activities that relate school with the current reality of students’ lives

    • E. 

      Teaching strategies focused on rigorous standards

  • 7. 
    What are the most effective levers to change a failing school’s culture?
    • A. 

      Strengthening the relationship between teachers, students, and standards

    • B. 

      Empower teachers to take more active leadership roles and help middling teachers grow towards excellence

    • C. 

      Support teacher and leadership development

    • D. 

      Institute a high expectations, no excuse approach to learning

    • E. 

      Bringing in external partners to help the school address the conditions in which the students live

  • 8. 
    What is the best model for turning around failing schools?
    • A. 

      I approve of any model that focuses on school improvement without identifying increase revenues as the solution to all ailments.

    • B. 

      A restart model where the school is closed and reopened by a charter management organization (CMO).

    • C. 

      A transformation model where teacher and school leader effectiveness are developed along with improvements to instructional strategies and increased learning time

    • D. 

      Close the school and consolidate students at higher preforming schools. Wait… does that sound right?

    • E. 

      School closings should only be a last resort. Educational authorities must help schools solve their problems through professional development, targeted improvement programs, and specific interventions that will strengthen the school’s capacity to educate its students.

  • 9. 
    What is the best system for evaluating teachers?
    • A. 

      No evaluations necessary. Just let teachers do what teachers do best and support them in the process.

    • B. 

      Evaluations based on student surveys and mastery of standards.

    • C. 

      No accurate or high quality teacher evaluation model can be achieved until it takes into account all factors affecting student achievement.

    • D. 

      It should be based on student performance on high stakes, rigorous assessments.

    • E. 

      Observations conducted by principals, instructional leaders, and high quality, experienced teachers.

  • 10. 
    What are your views on charter schools?
    • A. 

      Charter schools are killing America.

    • B. 

      Any method is acceptable as long as it is financially responsible.

    • C. 

      Charter management organizations are the best! They are one of the key levers for raising student achievement.

    • D. 

      Charter schools are an effective means of improving schooling, but they should work with districts instead of competing against them.

    • E. 

      Charter schools can provide more freedom for schools to focus on the instructional core.

  • 11. 
    Now for some demographics! These answers will have no impact on the results of your personality quiz. Gender
    • A. 

      Male

    • B. 

      Female

    • C. 

      Declined to state

  • 12. 
    Race/ethnicity
    • A. 

      White

    • B. 

      Black or African American

    • C. 

      Hispanic or Latino

    • D. 

      Asian

    • E. 

      Pacific Islander

    • F. 

      Mixed

    • G. 

      Other

    • H. 

      Declined to state

  • 13. 
    United States citizen
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 14. 
    Graduate School
    • A. 

      HGSE

    • B. 

      HKS

    • C. 

      HBS

    • D. 

      HLS

    • E. 

      HMS

    • F. 

      HDS

    • G. 

      HSPH

    • H. 

      GSAS

    • I. 

      GSD

    • J. 

      MIT

    • K. 

      Tufts

    • L. 

      Other

  • 15. 
    HGSE Program
    • A. 

      Ed. M. – Arts in Education

    • B. 

      Ed. M. – Education Policy and Management

    • C. 

      Ed. M. – Higher Education

    • D. 

      Ed. M. – Human Development and Psychology

    • E. 

      Ed. M. – International Education Policy

    • F. 

      Ed. M. – Language and Literacy

    • G. 

      Ed. M. – Mind, Brain, and Education

    • H. 

      Ed. M. – Prevention Science and Practice

    • I. 

      Ed. M. – School Leadership

    • J. 

      Ed. M. – Special Studies

    • K. 

      Ed. M. – Teacher Education Program

    • L. 

      Ed. M. – Technology, Innovation, and Education

    • M. 

      Ed. L.D.

    • N. 

      Ed. D.

    • O. 

      Ph. D.

    • P. 

      Not a HGSE student

  • 16. 
    What type of school did you attend for the majority of your K-12 education?
    • A. 

      Public

    • B. 

      Private

    • C. 

      Parochial

    • D. 

      Charter

    • E. 

      Homeschool

    • F. 

      Other

  • 17. 
    Give the K-12 schools you attended an average grade.
    • A. 

      A

    • B. 

      B

    • C. 

      C

    • D. 

      D

    • E. 

      F

  • 18. 
    What sector was your last job in prior to graduate school?
    • A. 

      Education

    • B. 

      Business

    • C. 

      Law

    • D. 

      Non-profit

    • E. 

      Government

    • F. 

      Finance

    • G. 

      Consulting

    • H. 

      Healthcare

    • I. 

      Social services

    • J. 

      Other

  • 19. 
    Have you ever worked in a school professionally (either as a teacher, administrator/leader, or support staff)
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 20. 
    Are you a parent?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

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