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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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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.


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.


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: 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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The Dark History of the Multiple-Choice Test

Science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez reveals the questionable origins of the multiple-choice test and questions whether this is truly a valid form of assessment.

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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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Using Exhibits as Assessment
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Using Exhibits as Assessment

Students at Normal Park Museum Magnet School create various types of museum-style exhibits to demonstrate their understanding of academic topics.

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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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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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Brain Research May Point to Changes in Literacy Development

New scientific findings spell difference, not disability, for struggling readers.

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Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding
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Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding

Whether it's an app or a piece of paper, exit tickets are quick, ungraded assessments of how you're teaching and what students need from you next.

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

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