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 traits:

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.

Documents & Links:

MSA Facts at a Glance MSA 2014 NAIS Conference Presentation RAND Report on the MSA and other assessments - Measuring 21st Century Competencies
For more information on the MSA, please contact Lisa Pullman at lisapullman@indexgroups.org

Participating Schools (* indicates founding school)

  • Almaden Country School (CA)
  • Berwick Academy (ME)
  • Blake School (MN)
  • Bush School (WA)
  • Campbell Hall (CA)
  • Cape Henry Collegiate (VA)
  • Chadwick School (CA)
  • Christ Church Episcopal (SC)
  • Cincinnati Country Day School (OH)
  • Detroit Country Day School (MI)
  • Duke School (NC) *
  • Durham Academy (NC)
  • Dwight-Englewood School (NJ)
  • Ensworth School (TN)
  • Episcopal Day School (GA) *
  • Far Hills Country Day School (NJ) *
  • Foote School (CT)*
  • Francis Parker School (CA)
  • Friends Academy (NY)
  • 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)
  • Holland Hall (OK)
  • International School of Boston (MA)
  • La Jolla Country Day School (CA)
  • Lancaster Country Day School (PA)
  • Lexington School (KY) *
  • Lovett School (GA)
  • Marin Country Day School (CA) *
  • Metairie Park Country Day School (LA)
  • MICDS (MO)
  • Moorestown Friends School (NJ)
  • Mounds Park Academy (MN)
  • New Canaan Country School (CT) *
  • North Shore Country Day School (IL)
  • Old Trail School (OH) *
  • Pace Academy (GA)
  • Palm Beach Day Academy (FL)
  • Park School (MA) *
  • Pike School (MA) *
  • Pingry School (NJ)
  • Porter-Gaud School (SC)
  • Presbyterian School (TX)
  • Randolph School (AL)
  • Ravenscroft School (NC)
  • Rippowam Cisqua School (NY) *
  • Rodeph Sholom School  (NY)*
  • Rowland Hall - St. Mark's School (UT)
  • Rumson Country Day School (NJ)*
  • Saint Martin’s Episcopal School (GA)*
  • Sewickely Academy (PA)
  • Shady Hill School (MA)*
  • Shore Country Day School (MA)*
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MS)
  • 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)
  • Trevor Day School (NY)
  • Trinity Episcopal School (NC)*
  • University School of Milwaukee (WI)
  • William Penn Charter School (PA)
  • Wilmington Friends School (DE)
  • Winchester Thurston School (PA)

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