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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.

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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.

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Deeper Learning: Authentic Student 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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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 to Ignite Intellectual Curiosity in Students

When students lack curiosity and are disinterested in the classroom, teachers need to reevaluate their lesson plan.

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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

To assess maker projects in your class, begin with a three-part rubric to guide students through process, understanding, and product.

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Common Core in Action: The Power of a Checklist

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron describes how she uses checklists with students to develop their big-picture skills, know what to expect and what's expected of them and, most importantly, help them become more organized!

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The Importance of Play in Preparing for Standardized Testing

Principal and blogger Matt Levinson suggests playing with the standardized test format to build student familiarity and confidence for what needn't be such a dreaded event.

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Critical Assessment Ideas from PBL World

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Frictionless Formative Assessment with Social Media

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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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