Facebook
Edutopia on Facebook
Twitter
Edutopia on Twitter
Google+
Edutopia on Google+
Pinterest
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
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

Recognize the Whole Child, In and Out of School

Last comment 1 week 4 days ago
4 16 648 views

The Risk & Reward of PBL

Last comment 2 weeks 3 days ago
3 0 60 views

The furor over the Common Core

Last comment 1 week 6 days ago
2 0 94 views

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Blog posted Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:11
2 167 3,994 views

Free Resources and Tools for "Authentic" Assessment

Article posted Fri, 01/14/2011 - 14:26
2 93 62,588 views

Hit the Mark with Digital Media Exit Cards

Blog posted Tue, 08/20/2013 - 15:11
9 514 50,089 views

Browse

blog

Going Beyond NCLB and Assessing Schools Differently

Blogger Anne O’Brien describes new models for assessing schools that put less emphasis on the results of standardized tests.

7 634 views
blog

Happy Scott Walker Day!

Guest blogger Holden Clemens shares his euphoria over the state of education today.

7 543 views
blog

How to Look at Multiple-Choice Assessments Formatively

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron presents several ways teachers can use multiple-choice tests as formative assessments.

29 5,155 views
blog

Criteria for Effective Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Andrew Miller from the Buck Institute shares some criteria for assessing project-based learning effectively.

3 1 14,830 views
article

Edutopia Webinar: Are Your Students Learning? Insights on Authentic Assessment

Join Andy Snyder, a social studies teacher from School of the Future, to discuss the practical aspects, benefits and challenges of implementing authentic assessment.

1,267 views
blog

Why Formative Assessments Matter

Formative assessments matter because teachers make important instructional decisions based on the data they provide. (Updated 01/2014)

61 28 46,375 views

Pages

blog

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!

9 1 9,405 views
blog

Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.

3 2 9,314 views
blog

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.

5 1 9,314 views
blog

Deeper Learning: Authentic Student Assessment

Blogger Bob Lenz outlines how graduating seniors at his community of schools exhibit deeper learning through authentic, comprehensive assessment.

9,314 views
article

Engaging Students with History: The Power of Slave Narratives

Middle school students connect with history by writing stories from a slave's perspective.

2 1 9,134 views
Engineering Success: Students Build Understanding
video

Engineering Success: Students Build Understanding

When long-term projects form the backbone of the curriculum, learning takes off.

7 9,134 views
blog

6 Ways to Honor the Learning Process in Your Classroom

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick reflects on the fluid nature of student learning and how assessment needs to reflect that, and then suggests six strategies for enhancing depth of understanding.

6 2 8,953 views

Pages

Blog

Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenges of Assessment

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

13 1 27,671 views
Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student
Video

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.

30 2 54,527 views
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 13,655 views
Article

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

A former teacher stands by her assignments.

15 10,309 views
Article

Healthier Testing Made Easy: The Idea of Authentic Assessment

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

23 21 39,038 views
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.

42 1 15,554 views
Article

Take a Deeper Look at Assessment for Understanding

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

123 1 8,048 views