When the topic of creativity assessment is introduced, conversation inevitably turns to important questions such as these. It’s easy for these conversations to become polarized. Instead of focusing on yes-or-no questions, it is critical we take a nuanced approach.

In this collection of essays, the authors address four key questions:

  • Why do the ideas of assessment and creativity seem so incompatible?
  • How can assessments be used to cultivate creativity?
  • How can children’s perspectives of creativity inform assessments?
  • What do traditional creativity assessments measure, and how?

In the creative education systems we hope to develop – like those envisioned by policy makers in our series Creativity Matters  – we need indications of whether we are progressing towards our goal and whether our work nourishes the development of children’s creativity. A palette of possibilities exists in assessing creativity and this collection of essays can help readers choose the one that is best fit for their purpose.

The typical picture painted of the creativity assessment debate is black and white, but these essays demonstrate what a rich palette of possibilities is available to us.”

- Elisabeth McClure, the LEGO Foundation