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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

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

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The Risk & Reward of PBL

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Daughter's Reading Disability Diagnosed and Cured

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The National Preschool Debate Intensifies

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Recognize the Whole Child, In and Out of School

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The furor over the Common Core

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PBL: Picking a Start of the Year Project

Teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares an idea for project-based learning when students return in fall.

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Exploring the NAS Framework for New Science Education Standards

Edutopia STEM blogger Eric Brunsell deconstructs the NAS Framework for Science Ed Standards.

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The Next Generation of National Science Education Standards

Science ed blogger Eric Brunsell on the process of developing national science standards.

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Student Work: YES Prep North Central Rap

A video produced by students at YES Prep North Central which features the graduating class of 2010.

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On a Mission to Link the Body and Brain in Education -- One Push-up at a Time

Joel Kirsch is traveling across his county -- one push-up at a time -- to make a point about the importance of physical education in our schools.

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Guest Blog: Reinventing Assessment for the 21st-Century

Guest blogger Andrew Marcinek suggests ways to transform assessment for the 21st-century.

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Differentiated Instruction Ignites Elementary School Learning
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Tech-Fueled Differentiated Instruction Engages Elementary School Students

At Forest Lake Elementary School, in Columbia, South Carolina, achievement has soared since educators started using new technology to personalize the learning experience for each student.

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Guest Blog: Reinventing Assessment for the 21st-Century

Guest blogger Andrew Marcinek suggests ways to transform assessment for the 21st-century.

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PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work!

Regular Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller acknowledges the tension between project-based learning and standardized testing prep, yet he also finds a wide swathe of common ground between both teaching methods.

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Team Teaching: Two Teachers, Three Subjects, One Project
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Team Teaching: Two Teachers, Three Subjects, One Project

A pair of educators are sanguine about their art, biology, and multimedia program.

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Students Evolve from Consumers to Critics and Creators

Critical-thinking skills -- and fluency in multimedia production -- are integral to media literacy.

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Parental Involvement Reaps Big Benefits

The National PTA shares findings about the benefits of involving parents in education.

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The Teacher Leader: Words of Wisdom From Those Who Know Best

A look at the idea that students learn best when teachers take the lead.

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Growth Mindset and the Common Core Math Standards

Guest blogger Cindy Bryant, moderator of the LearnBop PLC, illustrates how the growth mindset aligns with the Common Core Standards for math.

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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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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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Comprehensive Assessment: A New York City Success Story
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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.

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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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Healthier Testing Made Easy: The Idea of Authentic Assessment

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

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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.

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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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