Explore findings from an original survey of next generation educators. Discover how educators talk about measures that matter most. Examine the methodology behind the data. Here we provide some select findings.


How do you know your innovations are effective?


Next generation educators use a wide range of both traditional and nontraditional measures to determine if their innovations are improving learning for their students.

  • All respondents listed at least three measures or tools. Many listed more.
  • All respondents listed measures beyond traditional content assessment. Examples include internally developed, performance-based assessments; badging systems; and assessments of social-emotional skills.
  • Thirty-five of the 42 schools listed standardized tests such as the NWEA-MAP or the Common Core Assessments.


Measures involve different stakeholders such as students, staff, and families. Some measures assess the organizational health of the school.

Time Period

We find that, across the board, next generation educators rely on both short-term improvement measures (less than six months) and longer-term outcomes (greater than six months) simultaneously.

What measures are you considering for the future?

Next generation educators want better longitudinal data to measure students’ content knowledge, academic skills, and social-emotional development. They are considering, and in some cases already experimenting with, other measures such as externally-validated performance tasks and badging systems.