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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

Sharing Data with Students: Turning "Data-Driven" on its Head

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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Extra Credit: Grade-Grubbing or Acts-of-Desperation?

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool

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Group Work- How Do You Make It Work?

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Evidence that PBL Works

Bob Lenz highlights a recent study's findings that shows the effectiveness of project-based learning.

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Teacher Evaluation: A Starting Point for Action

Teacher Evaluation: A Starting Point for Action - Edutopia's Grace Rubenstein reports from an expert panel at UC Berkeley.

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Engaging Students with High Quality Science Tradebooks

Blogger Eric Brunsell writes on how to engage students with high quality science tradebooks.

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The Importance of Student Journals and How to Respond Efficiently

Educator and blogger Todd Finley on why student journals are an important tool for measuring comprehension. And he shares his favorite reflective writing formats and describe a labor-saving method of teacher response.

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Race to the Top: What It Means for Real Students

Will the new measures reinforce great, modern teaching and learning -- the kind that engages kids with real-world projects and cultivates the problem-solving and collaborative skills that are so essential in this day and age?

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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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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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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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NatureMapping Takes Kids -- and Technology -- Outside and into Active Learning

A data-collection program brings real science to elementary schools -- and startles the professionals.

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George Lucas: What Education Means to Me

A statement from the founder and chairman of The George Lucas Educational Foundation.

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A Remarkable Transformation: Union City Public Schools

The teachers and community -- and a large dose of technology -- come together to save this New Jersey school district.

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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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Making a Case for Authentic Assessment at a New York High School
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Making a Case for Comprehensive Assessment

Project-oriented evaluations that include critiques by outside experts are among the innovations at New York City's Urban Academy.

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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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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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