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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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Teacher working with students 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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Taking Tests and the 10K Race: What can we learn from the runner?

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How do you grade late assignments?

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Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding

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Is Our Grading System Fair?

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When Grading Harms Student Learning

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5 Ways ESSA Impacts Standardized Testing

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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 Can We Make Assessments Meaningful?

Blogger and middle school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron uses the 4 Cs from the Common Core standards to guide her when designing student assessments.

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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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7 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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Frictionless Formative Assessment with Social Media

Reference librarian and guest blogger Paige Alfonzo cites EMS (experience sampling study) as a foundation for using social media as a formative assessment tool for students who already live in that world.

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Education at Risk: Fallout from a Flawed Report

Nearly a quarter century ago, "A Nation at Risk" hit our schools like a brick dropped from a penthouse window. One problem: The landmark document that still shapes our national debate on education was misquoted, misinterpreted, and often dead wrong.

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The 5 Keys to Successful Comprehensive Assessment in Action

Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning.

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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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The PBL Launch Pad, Part One: Worthwhile Projects for High School Students

A project-based-learning teacher and coach writes about "the most effective tool for organizing content and motivating students to think hard."

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Performance-Based Assessment: Making Math Relevant
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Performance-Based Assessment: Making Math Relevant

In Hampton High's Disaster Relief Mission, math students role-play air traffic controllers and pilots to assess their skills in a performance-based simulation.

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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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