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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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Teacher Leadership and the Common Core State Standards?

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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

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Why Formative Assessments Matter

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Revolutionizing Today’s Education Systems

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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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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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Pages

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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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Resources and Lesson Plans for a College-bound Culture

The school shares details about administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials that you may adapt for your class or school.

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High School Students Learn Economics and Urban Planning Through Project-Based Learning
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Developing Minds: Learning How to Rebuild a Town

The UrbanPlan curriculum is an academically challenging, classroom-based, fifteen-hour study unit. Teams of high school juniors and seniors compete to win the redevelopment contract for a decaying neighborhood in the fictitious city of Yorktown.

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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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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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Creating a Culture of Student Reflection: Self-Assessment Yields Positive Results

A San Diego community school uses innovative practices to help students critique their own work.

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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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Individual Learning Plan

Download the student learning plan template used at KIPP King Collegiate High School to help students monitor their own growth and development.

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The Intensified Socratic Seminar Assessment Guide

Download two blank assessment handouts, one for peer evaluation of student performance in Socratic seminar discussions, one for student self-assessment.

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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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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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