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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

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

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Sharing Data with Students: Turning "Data-Driven" on its Head

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Why Your Kid’s Grades Won’t Matter: Part One

Discussion posted Wed, 08/13/2014 - 22:17
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Extra Credit: Grade-Grubbing or Acts-of-Desperation?

Discussion posted Sat, 08/23/2014 - 16:06
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Browse

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Rethinking Assessment

Educator and author Will Richardson considers why we should assess students by the standards of the networked world they already inhabit in this excerpt from his new TED e-book, Why School?

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Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenges of Assessment

Katherine Piper offers three standards of assessment for individual student participation in PBL teams.

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How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful?

Blogger and middle school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron uses the 4 Cs from the Common Core standards to guide her when designing student assessments.

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What Parents and Educators Want from Assessments

Blogger Anne O'Brien outlines report findings on student assessment where parents and teachers were surveyed.

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PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work!

Regular Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller acknowledges the tension between project-based learning and standardized testing prep, yet he also finds a wide swathe of common ground between both teaching methods.

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An Open Letter to Writing Instructors from a Motivated Student

Lauren Griffin, college senior and future educator, reviews the feedback methods of the writing instructors who taught her the "why's" and "how's."

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What Exactly Is "Understanding?" And How Do We Assess It?

Blogger Terry Heick looks at the nebulous term "understanding" and how its many interpretations can make student assessment so difficult.

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Pages

article

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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Measuring What Counts: Memorization Versus Understanding

A discussion on the benefits of applied learning.

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James Paul Gee on Grading with Games
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Big Thinkers: James Paul Gee on Grading with Games

An Arizona State University professor sees a bright future for video games in the learning process -- in and out of school.

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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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A Textbook Example of What's Wrong with Education

A former schoolbook editor parses the politics of educational publishing.

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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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The State of the Common Core

Vanessa Vega, Edutopia's Research Analyst, offers a work-in-progress view of how the Common Core is being implemented and assessed nationwide.

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Blog

Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenges of Assessment

Katherine Piper offers three standards of assessment for individual student participation in PBL teams.

13 2 27,757 views
Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student
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Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

See step-by-step how this Arizona elementary school gives its students the additional time they need to master core concepts and elevate their learning to the next level.

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Comprehensive Assessment: A New York City Success Story
Video

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.

3 2 13,308 views
Article

In Defense of Homework: Is There Such a Thing As Too Much?

A former teacher stands by her assignments.

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Article

Healthier Testing Made Easy: The Idea of Authentic Assessment

Tests don't just measure absorption of facts. They teach what we value.

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Article

Standardized Testing Fails the Exam

If enough educators -- and noneducators -- realize there are serious flaws in how we evaluate our schools, maybe we can stop this absurdity.

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Article

Take a Deeper Look at Assessment for Understanding

Performance assessments go beyond traditional tests and serve as an important teaching tool.

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