Mission Skills Assessment
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Mission Skills Assessment (MSA)

Mission Skills Assessment - A Tool To Alter The Way Schools Think About Education

After decades of study, researchers have proven that non-cognitive skills and attributes are just as important as cognitive skills in determining academic and life success. Over a 5-year period, INDEX and ETS (Educational Testing Services) have developed a scientifically based assessment of six character skills:

Teamwork Creativity Ethics Resilience Curiosity Time

These skills have proven essential for success in school and in life. The assessment gives each school a more scientific way to measure its curriculum’s success at meeting the goals outlined in its mission.

With over 17,000 middle school students taking the assessment, INDEX is using the data to show correlations to desired educational and life outcomes, to facilitate a dialogue and sharing network among schools on how to improve their ability to teach these skills, and to demonstrate the value our schools provide.

With high reliability and validity scores, the MSA is proving just as good if not a better predictor of academic outcomes, student quality, and student well being than other standardized tests.

For more information on the MSA, please contact Lisa Pullman at

Participating Schools (* indicates founding school)

  • Almaden Country School (CA)
  • ACS International School - (Doha, Qatar)
  • All Saints Academy (FL)
  • Berwick Academy (ME)
  • Blake School (MN)
  • Bush School (WA)
  • Cape Henry Collegiate (VA)
  • Cathedral School of St. John the Divine (NY)
  • Catlin Gabel School (OR)
  • Chadwick School (CA)
  • Christ Church Episcopal (SC)
  • Cincinnati Country Day School (OH)
  • Colorado Academy (CO)
  • Countryside Montessori School (IL)
  • Detroit Country Day School (MI)
  • Duke School (NC) *
  • Durham Academy (NC)
  • Dwight-Englewood School (NJ)
  • Ensworth School (TN)
  • Episcopal Day School (GA) *
  • Evergreen School (WA)
  • Far Hills Country Day School (NJ) *
  • Foote School (CT)*
  • Fort Worth Country Day School (TX)
  • Francis Parker School (CA)
  • Friends Academy (NY)
  • Georgetown Day School (DC)
  • Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal
    School (TN) *
  • Graland Country Day School (CO) *
  • Green Vale School (NY)*
  • Greenhill School (TX)
  • Greenwich Country Day School (CT) *
  • Harding Academy (TN)
  • Hawken School (OH)
  • Head-Royce School (CA)
  • Hillbrook School (CA)
  • Holland Hall (OK)
  • International School of Boston (MA)
  • Isidore Newman School (LA)
  • Katherine Delmar Burke School (CA)
  • Keys School (CA)
  • La Jolla Country Day School (CA)
  • Lake Country School (MN)
  • Lancaster Country Day School (PA)
  • Lexington School (KY) *
  • Lincoln Schoo l (Kathmandu, Nepal)
  • Marin Country Day School (CA) *
  • Mark Day School (CA)
  • Metairie Park Country Day School (LA)
  • MICDS (MO)
  • Montessori School of Lake Forest (IL)
  • Moorestown Friends School (NJ)
  • Mounds Park Academy (MN)
  • Near North Montessori School (IL)
  • New Canaan Country School (CT) *
  • North Shore Country Day School (IL)
  • Old Trail School (OH) *
  • Pace Academy (GA)
  • Palm Beach Day Academy (FL)
  • Pike School (MA) *
  • Pingry School (NJ)
  • Porter-Gaud School (SC)
  • Post Oak School (TX)
  • Presbyterian School (TX)
  • Princeton Day School (NJ)
  • Randolph School (AL)
  • Ravenscroft School (NC)
  • Rippowam Cisqua School (NY) *
  • Riverdale Country School (NY)
  • Rowland Hall - St. Mark's School (UT)
  • Rumson Country Day School (NJ)*
  • Saint Martin’s Episcopal School (GA)*
  • School of the Woods (TX)
  • Sewickely Academy (PA)
  • Shady Hill School (MA)*
  • Shore Country Day School (MA)*
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MS)
  • St. Edmond's Academy (DE)
  • St. John's Episcopal School (TX)
  • St. Johns' School (TX)
  • St. Margaret's Episcopal School (CA)
  • St. Patrick's Episcopal Day
    School (DC)*
  • St. Stephens & St. Agnes School (VA)
  • Summit Country Day School (OH)
  • Tatnall School (DE)
  • Tower Hill School (DE)
  • Trevor Day School (NY)
  • Trinity Episcopal School (NC)*
  • University School of Milwaukee (WI)
  • University School of Nashville (TN)
  • William Penn Charter School (PA)
  • Wilmington Friends School (DE)
  • Winchester Thurston School (PA)

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