The Assessment of Faith and Learning

17 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2019

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Beth Green

Cardus Hamilton

Albert Cheng

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform

David Smith

Calvin College

Date Written: November 13, 2019


The Practicing Faith Survey (PFS) is a new assessment tool designed to measure the extent to which schoolchildren connect their faith to learning. This paper reviews the landscape of educational assessment and argues that assessment remains a critical element in the design of Christian teaching and learning. It suggests that unease around the concept of educational measurement leads to limited attempts to assess faith formation in the context of learning. The paper discusses PFS as a way to reframe the design process consistent with distinctively Christian practices of teaching and learning.

Keywords: faith and learning, Christian practice, assessment

Suggested Citation

Green, Beth and Cheng, Albert and Smith, David, The Assessment of Faith and Learning (November 13, 2019). EDRE Working Paper No. 2019-18, Available at SSRN: or

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Albert Cheng

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform ( email )

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David Smith

Calvin College ( email )

Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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