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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation


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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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

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Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

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When Grading Harms Student Learning

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Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

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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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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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Seven Tips for Building Positive Relationships with English-Language Learners

Teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share seven suggestions for reaching out to and gaining the confidence of English-language learners in the classroom.

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Case Study: What Does it Take to Turn Around a School?

Author and educator Rick Winter describes his experience in taking a small school from struggling to success.

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How Did School Do? A Crowdsourced Study

Blogger Shelly Blake-Plock describes a project designed to assess how people feel about the education they received.

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The Joys (and Sorrows) of Being a Parent and an Educator

Educator and parent Hollee Freeman talks about how her professional background helps her recognize and address inequities in her child's school.

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Comprehensive Assessment: A Short History

Comprehensive assessment embraces the whole system of assessing student understanding as a mechanism to improve teaching and learning.

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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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Deeper Learning: Authentic Student Assessment

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

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The Challenge of Authentic Assessment

Problem: Old-school accountability tests are crude measurements of student learning. Solution: Build a better test.

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Making Learning Meaningful and Lasting

Some of the best ways to make learning "stick" include connecting content with meaning, encouraging self-testing instead of rote memorization, and giving frequent, low-stakes assessments.

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Understanding Assessment: Resources for Parents

We've compiled a resources list to help families understand various uses of assessment in schools, what questions to ask, how to help children prepare, and all about standardized tests.

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Engaging Students with History: The Power of Slave Narratives

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

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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

This guide will inspire and expand your thinking about effective assessment for project-based learning. Tips are organized to follow the arc of a project: planning, launch into active learning, and then a culminating presentation. Reflection is the final...

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