As a graduate student observing in public school classrooms, Dr. Dawson was shocked by the stark contrast between the educational experiences available to advantaged versus disadvantaged students. She feared that this contrast would only deepen due to the rapidly growing high-stakes testing industry. It seemed clear that these “right answer” focused tests would narrow the curriculum and drive teaching—especially in disadvantaged schools—toward the memorization of facts, vocabulary, definitions, and procedures, and away from practices that foster deep understanding and skill. Recognizing that testing drives instruction, Dawson set out to create a radically different testing technology—one intended to drive the kind of teaching that increases engagement while continuously building skills for thinking and learning.
The result of these efforts is a new technology Lectica uses to develop and deliver sophisticated learning tools called Lectical Assessments.
Our nonprofit mission serves K-12 learners, but we've also been serving adult learners since 2002 when we began developing the LDMA (Lectical Leadership Decision-Making Assessment) for the US Federal government.