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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

Standardized tests aren't the only way of gauging student achievement. Through various measures, including portfolios, presentations, and tests, educators are using performance assessments to measure what students know and can do. 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.

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

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics

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Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

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The Arbitrary Albatross: Standardized Testing and Teacher Evaluation

Teacher and author Aaron Pribble looks at the high toll of high-stakes testing and what it means for the teaching profession.

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Open Door Policy: College Success Portfolio Defenses

Blogger Bob Lenz describes how Envision offers other educators a chance to observe their schools several times a year to witness their innovative assessment model.

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How to Avoid Testing Burnout

High school principal Ben Johnson offers antidotes to teachers and students for testing burnout.

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Modeling: Essential for Learning

Math teacher and professional development specialist Karen Lea discusses the importance of instruction by modeling, and takes her examples from possible lessons that meet the Common Core Standards.

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Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Nonverbal Texts

Blogger Todd Finley looks at Standard 9 of the CCSS and, with his usual flair, suggests an entertaining range of complex nonverbal texts for students to analyze.

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Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, reinforcing his long-held belief that creativity can be taught and assessed, offers a PBL strategy for how to do just that.

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Meaningful Connections: Objectives and Standards

Math teacher and teaching strategist Karen Lea looks at meaningful ways to connect learning objectives with Common Core State Standards.

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Common Core Standard: Third Grade Math Strategies

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests some student-centered learning methods to meet the Common Core requirement of teaching multiplication and division to third graders.

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Ten Takeaway Tips for Using Authentic Assessment in Your School

How you can get started.

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More Fun Than a Barrel of . . . Worms?!

At Newsome Park Elementary School, assignments in project-based learning are helping students learn more, participate more, and want more.

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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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Strategic Goals: Formative Plus Summative Assessment Equals Rigor
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Strategic Goals: Formative + Summative = Rigor

Rigorous expectations yield impressive results at New York's School of the Future, where regular assessments help keep students on track, and teachers strive to tap into students' true interests to bring out their best work.

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Teachers Shake Up Shakespeare with Digital Media

Rap and film bring the Bard's characters to life for high school students.

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Measuring What Counts: Memorization Versus Understanding

A discussion on the benefits of applied learning.

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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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