About LectaTests

LectaTests are our adult assessments

Lectica's adult assessments are used by accredited coaches, consultants, and educators to support optimal learning in business, government, and education.

Every LectaTest targets a specific set of practical skills and concepts, such as those involved in leadership decision-making, ethical reasoning, mindfulness, or self-understanding. For example, the LDMA, our leadership decision-making assessment, examines skills like collaborative capacity. decision-making process, contextual reasoning, and perspective coordination. And like all of our assessments, it is accompanied by rich diagnostics and personalized learning suggestions.

Lectica Inside

Lectica Inside assessments are sold in bulk and priced accordingly. They are scored primarily with CLAS, our electronic scoring system. They are ideal for development, evaluation, and research contexts.

Basic features include:

  • human review of low-confidence CLAS scores, 
  • a single dilemma for all participants who take the assessment at a particular time, 
  • personal access to Lectical Scores for registered Account Managers, and
  • the standard Lectica Inside report, populated with  VCoLs selected by a Certified Lectical Coach, Educator, or Consultant.

Report features that can be customized include: 

  • the dilemma being used at a particular point in time, 
  • the date on which individual test-takers first see their reports, and
  • whether or not (or when) individual test-takers are shown their scores.

Branding customizations include:

  • the client's company name and logo on the assessment and report pages (same for all test-takers),
  • the client's custom text on the test-taker information page (same for all test-takers), and
  • the client's custom text at the top of reports (same for all test-takers).

Lectica Inside assessments can be upgraded to Essentials or Essentials Plus.

Essentials

Essentials assessments are designed to support individual development. They are primarily used in one-on-one or small group coaching or training.

Essentials assessments include all of the features of Lectica Inside assessments, plus:

  • human review of all CLAS scores,
  • a dilemma selected for the individual test-taker,
  • personalized VCoLs selected by a Certified Lectical Coach, Educator, or Consultant, and
  • a Clarity report that includes subscores with interpretations.

Essentials+

Essentials+ assessments are designed to provide coaches, consultants, or educators with the maximum amount of information that can be gleaned from assessment responses.  

Essentials+ assessments include all of the features of Essentials assessments, plus reports showing results for human coded scales, including:

  • VUCA or CAOS skills, and
  • Projected growth.

There is also an Essentials++ report that is used in high stakes situations. For this version of the report, a second analyst reviews all scores.

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Lectical Decision-making Assessment

Good leadership is impossible without skilled decision-making. Today’s leaders need the ability to effectively anticipate, diagnose, and address complex problems that involve multiple stakeholders. They must also have communication skills that allow them to bring others along with them, while leveraging their knowledge and skills. Finally, they must be able to navigate the tensions and ambiguities that characterize today's complex workplace.

The LDMA is focused on a set of skills for leading in VUCA conditions (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity). The specific skills targeted in the LDMA fall into four categories—collaborative capacity, perspective coordination, contextual thinking, and decision-making process.

The LDMA provides an accurate assessment of these skills by asking leaders to grapple with a common workplace decision situation (e.g., dealing with a difficult employee, resolving a workplace conflict, or leading change). Test-takers respond to questions that focus on framing, developing solutions, and the decision-making process.

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Lectical Reflective Judgment Assessment

Every action we take is based upon a set of assumptions we hold about the world. But how have we come to know what we know? Our ability to gather evidence, discern truths, and make reasoned decisions rests on a core skill called reflective judgment—our capacity for understanding and questioning what we know. The LRJA is designed to measure and strengthen reflective judgment—the backbone of well reasoned, thoughtful action.

The LRJA is focused on a set of skills that are required for managing CAOS™ (Competing ideas, Accelerating change, information Overload, and Social division). The specific skills targeted in the LRJA fall into four categories—working with perspectives, conflict resolution, evaluating evidence, and thinking and deciding.

The LRJA asks test-takers to respond to an "ill-structured" dilemma—one without a clear answer—involving questions about truth, knowledge, conflict, and certainty. They explore how knowledge is generated, how to gather and evaluate information, the nature of facts and reality, and how to approach and resolve conflicts.

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Lectical Self-understanding Assessment

It is impossible to learn from mistakes, strengthen one’s character, or cultivate meaningful relationships with others without engaging in critical self-reflection. As Socrates famously argued, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” The LSUA provides an opportunity for this kind of self-examination, which is often lacking in our fast-paced, multi-tasking, and action-oriented culture.

The LSUA asks test-takers to choose fo

 
ur personal or professional relationships, such as ‘self as parent’, ‘self as leader’, or ‘self as learner’, and reflect on how they see themselves in each of these roles. They consider their strengths and weaknesses, how these relate to their current self-conception, and how they think others see them. Performances are evaluated in terms test-takers’ conceptions of (1) thinking and learning, (2) ethics, (3) sense of responsibility to others, (4) respect for others, (5) personal responsibility, (6) willingness to seek and accept feedback, and (7) reflectivity.

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Lectical Developmental Pedagogy Assessment

The LDPA is an assessment of reasoning about developmental pedagogy. The questions on this assessment focus on the relationship between teaching and human development. Educators who understand learning and development are more able to optimize learning while instilling the dispositions and skills required for success in today's environment of complexity and change.

In this assessment, test-takers develop lessons for a curriculum informed by developmental theory. They are asked to (1) identify 2 skills that will be targeted by the proposed curriculum, (2) describe how these skills are likely to develop over time, (3) describe two instructional activities designed to support the development of these skills, and finally, (4) discuss how they will go about assessing growth. Throughout, they are asked to justify their choices with evidence from the academic literature.

Targeted constructs include the nature of learning, curriculum development, assessment, developmental pedagogy, developmental psychology, methodology, psychological structures, theory and practice, and developmental dynamics.


Selected funders

IES (US Department of Education)

The Spencer Foundation

NIH

Dr. Sharon Solloway

The Simpson Foundation

The Leopold Foundation

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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

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