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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

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PD for the Holiday Break: 7 Lessons and Blogs

Eric Brunsell suggests some thought-provoking resources on standards-based grading, flipped classrooms, inquiry, and more.

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Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom at Mesquite Elementary School
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Differentiated Instruction: Helping Every Child Succeed

Mix teacher collaboration and innovative leadership with a big dose of differentiated instruction and you get Mesquite Elementary's winning recipe.

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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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The Power of Curriculum Based Testing

Blogger Ben Johnson suggests that teacher created, curriculum based assessments are more valuable to student learning than standardized state tests.

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How to Implement Response to Intervention at the Secondary Level

Principal PJ Caposey writes that successful RtI is in the details of implementation and offers some suggestions.

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Eeva Reeder

A reference list of Edutopia resources that educational consultant Eeva Reeder contributed to.

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An Ageless Approach: Why Multiage Classrooms Should Replace Fixed Grade Levels

The wide range of academic ability in our classrooms underscores the need for a new approach to class organization.

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

A former teacher stands by her assignments.

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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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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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Evidence that PBL Works

Bob Lenz highlights a recent study's findings that shows the effectiveness of project-based 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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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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Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning

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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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