Next Generation Noncognitive Skills Assessment for Middle and High School Students Launched by Professional Examination Service

Share Article

Tessera™ From ProExam Combines Top Expertise in Noncognitive and Character Skills Development With Deep Experience in Online Educational Assessments

News Image
We combined ProExam’s extensive experience in creating valid and reliable assessments with the expertise of world renowned leaders in the field of noncognitive assessment in the development of Tessera.

ProExam today unveiled Tessera™, an all-in-one, multifaceted solution that gives students, parents, teachers and schools a comprehensive view of noncognitive skills and character strengths. Building on ProExam’s more than 50 years of experience in educational assessment and professional credentialing, Chief Scientist Richard D. Roberts, Ph.D., and Principal Research Scientist Jeremy Burris, Ph.D., led the development.

Tessera™ is based on groundbreaking methods for measuring and improving noncognitive skills and character strengths, where both Roberts and Burrus have contributed extensively to the field, publishing no fewer than a dozen books, several hundred articles, and working with organizations like OECD, IES, ACT, and ETS.

Tessera™ is a robust, next-generation online assessment that is easy for schools to administer and requires no special or time-consuming preparation. With two different tests, one for middle school and one for high school, the assessment integrates different methodologies to measure a student’s noncognitive skills and character strengths in domains research has consistently show relate to a variety of outcomes, ranging from academic achievement to retention to happiness and well-being. Largely different from much of what is out there both in scope and approach, Tessera™ provides school leaders with detailed reports of aggregate data, while individual students are given a personal profile report that supports student self-knowledge, goal-setting and growth mindset.

“Educators, policymakers and parents are increasingly recognizing the importance of noncognitive skill and character strength development for students, particularly as social emotional learning (SEL) factors are being incorporated into accountability measures,” said Robert Block, president and CEO of ProExam. “We combined ProExam’s extensive experience in creating valid and reliable assessments with the expertise of world renowned leaders in the field of noncognitive assessment in the development of Tessera.”

"Tessera™ is based on the research-validated and widely adopted Big Five personality factors. The broad, multidimensional framework encompasses attributes related to successful performance across different ages, contexts and cultures," said Dr. Roberts. “Tessera™ measures six areas of noncognitive skill and character strengths: drive/grit, organization/responsibility, teamwork/cooperation, composure/resilience, curiosity/ingenuity and leadership/communication. Each skill area is assessed using three different techniques, making it extremely difficult for students to fake their response and minimizes bias”

For more information email Tessera(at)proexam(dot)org.

About ProExam
An independent, not-for-profit organization, ProExam has been helping to set standards in educational assessment and professional credentialing for more than 50 years. Learn more at http://www.ProExam.org.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Shaun Wiley
L. Wolfe Communications
+1 (773) 278-2800
Email >
Visit website