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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

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Beyond the Edge of the Curriculum Map

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick considers how, instead of the traditional curriculum map, the open-ended sandbox game might be a better model for continuous learning.

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Common Core and Print

Humanities teacher and blogger Jonathan Olsen advocates in favor of print over digital media, with specific examples of how regular newspaper reading helps his students meet the Common Core Standards.

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Deeper Learning: Authentic Student Assessment

Blogger Bob Lenz outlines how graduating seniors at his community of schools exhibit deeper learning through authentic, comprehensive assessment.

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Four Free Assessment Apps for 1:1 Classrooms

Edutopia blogger and NYC educator Monica Burns highlights four free assessment apps that work great in 1:1 classrooms.

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How Common Assessments Boost Accountability

Blogger Bob Lenz describes how teacher-designed common assessments create more accountability for both students and instructors.

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Deeper Learning: Performance Assessment and Authentic Audience

Teacher and writer Shawn Cornally explores the ways of making assessment relevant to students, and therefore more useful to teachers.

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How Authentic Assessment Heightens Accountability in Our Schools

Blogger Bob Lenz explains how making assessment public leads to higher performance by both students and teachers.

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Pages

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Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.

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Education at Risk: Fallout from a Flawed Report

Nearly a quarter century ago, "A Nation at Risk" hit our schools like a brick dropped from a penthouse window. One problem: The landmark document that still shapes our national debate on education was misquoted, misinterpreted, and often dead wrong.

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Immersing Students in Civic Education

The Build San Francisco Institute is devoted to the architecture of building adults.

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Tactics for Tackling the Grading Dilemma

Try these tips for helping teachers manage those stacks of student homework and classwork.

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Comprehensive Assessment: A New York City Success Story
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Comprehensive Assessment: A New York City Success Story

Through constant investment in the assessment process, both students and teachers strive for true learning at School of the Future, a 6-12 school in Manhattan.

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An Interview with Grant Wiggins: The Power of Backwards Design

Edutopia blogger interviews instructional expert and co-author of Understanding by Design Grant Wiggins.

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Measuring What Counts: Memorization Versus Understanding

A discussion on the benefits of applied learning.

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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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