Welcome to Lectica®

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We're leading a learning revolution!

It took us 20 years to reinvent educational testing from the ground up. The result is a breakthrough technology for creating sophisticated educational tools that both measure and promote the kind of learning that matters most in our complex and changing world.


K-12 schools

Our K-12 assessments are called DiscoTests®. DiscoTests measure the kind of deep learning that occurs when students are optimally engaged—and they reward the kind of teaching that creates opportunities for optimal engagement. They don't ask what students have memorized. Instead, they ask how well students can work (or play) with what they've learned in real-world contexts. And DiscoTests support future growth by providing personalized learning suggestions, practices, and resources.

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Higher education

Our adult assessments are called LectaTests™. Every LectaTest targets a specific set of real-world skills, such as those involved in reflective judgment, leadership decision-making, ethical reasoning, mindfulness, pedagogy, or self-understanding. For example, the LRJA, our reflective judgment assessment, examines how learners use their critical thinking skills to address thorny real-world problems. Instead of asking if someone has learned the rules of critical thinking, we ask how they do critical thinking.

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If you're serious about good leadership, Lectical Assessments are for you. They can be used to improve hiring decisions by examining the fit between a candidate's skills and the task demands of a particular position, or they can support leaders' growth by providing resources and everyday practices that develop the skills & dispositions leaders need most. They can also be used at scale in organizational change efforts or mergers, where snapshots of leaders' capabilities can help foster smoother transitions.

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Try it for free!

Take a mini version of our Lectical Reflective Judgment Assessment (LRJA), then immediately receive a report that explains the meaning of your score and provides personalized learning suggestions.

The demo is for ages 9 through adult.

Coming soon: Lecticalive for Parents!

Lecticalive for Parents will make it easy for you to support the development of your children's skills for learning and thinking—skills that are often neglected by today's schools.

Not only is DiscoTest a remarkable achievement in its own right, but Dr. Dawson and her team have what it takes to make it a reality.

Tom Curren Hawthorne Consultants

Lectica's work represents a much-needed complete rethinking of what it means to do educational assessment.

Antonio Battro One Laptop Per Child

Lectical Assessments measure the kind of deep, meaningful learning that prepares students for a lifetime of growth and accomplishment.

Renee Owen Rainbow Community School

The team at Lectica has produced the best practical application of developmental theory since Piaget came on the scene in the 1930s.

Kurt Fischer Harvard Graduate School of Edu



Selected funders

IES (US Department of Education)

The Spencer Foundation


Dr. Sharon Solloway

The Simpson Foundation

The Leopold Foundation

Donor list

Selected clients

Glastonbury School District, CT

The Ross School

Rainbow Community School

The Study School

Long Trail School

The US Naval Academy

The City of Edmonton, Alberta

The US Federal Government

Advisory Board

Kurt Fischer, Ph.D. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Emeritus

Antonio Battro, MD, Ph.D., One Laptop Per Child

Marc Schwartz, Ph.D. and former high school teacher, University of Texas at Arlington

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., University of Southern California

Willis Overton, Ph.D., Temple University, Emeritus