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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Assessment

Look beyond high-stakes testing to learn about different ways of assessing the full range of student ability -- social, emotional, and academic achievement.

Overview

Assessment for Understanding

Effective assessment should measure the full range of student ability -- social, emotional, and academic achievement. Through various measures, including portfolios, presentations, and tests, multiple learning styles are supported. Watch an introduction video.

History

Comprehensive Assessment: A Short History

Comprehensive assessment embraces the whole system of assessing student understanding as a mechanism to improve teaching and learning. Learn more.

Experts

What the Experts Say

Educators and researchers share their views on why authentic assessment is a critical piece of the learning process. See what the experts say.

How

How Should We Measure Student Learning?

Standardized tests aren't the only way of gauging student achievement. Throughout the country, educators are using performance assessments to measure what students know and can do. See how.

Research

Research: Integrating Assessment into Classroom Practice

Assessment is the single most effective instructional strategy to increase learning. Learn about the key comprehensive assessment practices that have been shown by research to promote learning. Dig deeper.

Discuss

Debunking Homework Myths

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

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Teacher Leadership and the Common Core State Standards?

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Focus on the Process and Results Will Follow

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

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Big Ideas for Better Schools: Ten Ways to Improve Education

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Resources

The Intensified Socratic Seminar Assessment Guide

Download two blank assessment handouts, one for peer evaluation of student performance in Socratic seminar discussions, one for student self-assessment.

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Individual Learning Plan

Download the student learning plan template used at KIPP King Collegiate High School to help students monitor their own growth and development.

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A New Era for Student Assessment

Standardized assessments, even when they include open-ended questions and are performance-based, only give us part of the picture of a student's readiness for college and career success.

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Debunking Homework Myths

Check out these homework myths one teacher debunked and the strategies he used to successfully engage his students in homework.

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Teacher Leadership and the Common Core State Standards?

The pushback against Common Core includes teachers who believe they should have a voice in defining the standards, curriculum, and assessment.

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Games in Education: Teacher Takeaways

Matt Farber shares his observations from the Games in Education symposium, where he learned about students as designers, assessment possibilities, and adaptive video games.

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Focus on the Process and Results Will Follow

Great sports coaches focus on player growth and development for the ultimate win. Educators can follow suit by focusing on student learning rather than test scores.

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Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool

It's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.

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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels is a system that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.

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Pages

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Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.

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Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences
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Big Thinkers: Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences

Edutopia revisits its 1997 interview with the Harvard University professor about multiple intelligences and new forms of assessment.

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article

What Are Some Types of Assessment?

There are many alternatives to traditional standardized tests that offer a variety of ways to measure student understanding, from Edutopia.org's Assessment Professional Development Guide.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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How Should We Measure Student Learning? The Many Forms of Assessment

There is more than one way to measure a student's abilities.

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how academic language differs from social language and offers eight specific strategies for teaching the vocabulary that students require to succeed in the Common Core and on the SAT.

25 2,990 128,390 views

Pages

Individual Learning Plan

Download the student learning plan template used at KIPP King Collegiate High School to help students monitor their own growth and development.

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The Intensified Socratic Seminar Assessment Guide

Download two blank assessment handouts, one for peer evaluation of student performance in Socratic seminar discussions, one for student self-assessment.

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Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning

This guide will inspire and expand your thinking about effective assessment for project-based learning. Tips are organized to follow the arc of a project: planning, launch into active learning, and then a culminating presentation. Reflection is the final...

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Assessment Professional Development Guide

An overview of the Edutopia professional development guide for understanding the many ways to assess student learning in the classroom.

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