Measuring What Matters in Admissions and Beyond

PRINCETON, NJ, October 6, 2014— Middlesex Director of Admissions Doug Price joined thirty-two other admission directors and educators from 32 private/independent schools in Princeton, NJ last week to participate in the SSATB Non-Cognitive Summit, a ground-breaking discussion about the potential use of non-cognitive assessment in the middle and upper school admission process. Heather Hoerle, Executive Director of the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB) and the driving force behind the summit, welcomed participants: “The conversations we are about to engage in go right to the heart of what all independent schools strive to do. The work of independent schools in developing students’ character is what unites as a community. This is hallowed work." Summit attendees participated in an interactive exercise designed to surface those attributes that matter most when thinking about a holistic review of applicants to independent schools. Attendees worked individually and in small groups to ponder the difference between the attributes students need to succeed in a rigorous academic environment and those attributes that will ensure each student contributes positively to the school community/ethos – and to consider how to measure both of these types of traits.
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