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

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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

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

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

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Instant Feedback: Principles of, and Techniques for, Formative Assessment

This simple testing method puts students in charge of their own learning.

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Comprehensive Assessment: What Experts Say

Educators and researchers share their views on why authentic assessment is a critical piece of the learning process.

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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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Identifying and Nourishing Gifted Students

Let's broaden our definition of gifted students to include creativity, writing skills, musical and artistic talent, superior leadership and speaking skills, and moral character.

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Mixing it Up with Mangahigh: Using Games to Differentiate Instruction

Guest blogger Kristof Mueller, a teacher at Quest to Learn, uses the online math game site Mangahigh to illustrate three tips for differentiated instruction: pre-assessment, formative assessment, and the Goldilocks Principle of 'just right.'

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Pretesting Students and the KWL Strategy

Blogger Ben Johnson explains how KWL is a fine learning tool but shouldn't be used to pretest students before teaching a lesson.

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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!

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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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