The Assessment KSA Learning Journey: Expanding the 4L – Life-Long Learning Leader – Framework

  • Shelleyann ScottEmail author
  • Donald E. Scott
  • Charles F. Webber
Part of the The Enabling Power of Assessment book series (EPAS, volume 2)


Drawing upon two previous research studies – the International Study of Principal Preparation (ISPP) and the Alberta Student Assessment Study (ASAS) – this chapter expands our ‘4L (life-long learning leader) framework’ and ‘assessment leader profile’ specifically related to assessment and evaluation. We examine the underlying philosophical orientations, values and beliefs, as well as the socio-political acumen leaders must acquire to be successful assessment change agents. We explore specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes/attributes that leaders must cultivate in order to create optimal assessment practices in their schools and systems. Additionally, we describe how leadership development is an ongoing process commencing at the initial preservice education stage continuing throughout an educator’s career, that is 4L – a life-long learning leaders’ journey pursuing excellence in assessment leadership and we provide a description of the implications for leaders and professional developers.


Knowledge Skills and attributes/attitudes Leading assessment Life-long learning leader Visionary capacity Boundary breaking entrepreneurialism Professional skills Instructional design Assessment literacy Ethic of care Courage and commitment Political acumen Social acumen Instructional design Instrument design Innovation and change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shelleyann Scott
    • 1
    Email author
  • Donald E. Scott
    • 1
  • Charles F. Webber
    • 2
  1. 1.Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Continuing Education and ExtensionMount Royal UniversityCalgaryCanada

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