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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.

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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

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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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Homework: No Proven Benefits

Why homework is a pointless and outdated habit.

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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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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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Meaningful Connections: Objectives and Standards

Math teacher and teaching strategist Karen Lea looks at meaningful ways to connect learning objectives with Common Core State Standards.

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How to Focus Lessons and Learning Goals

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The DNA of Learning: Teens Tackle Animal Poaching Through Genetics

Eleventh-grade biotechnology students use DNA barcoding to help save endangered African wildlife.

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Questioning the Purpose and Value of College for All Students

A researcher questions one of the basic assumptions of postsecondary schooling.

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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

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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A former teacher stands by her assignments.

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Performance assessments go beyond traditional tests and serve as an important teaching tool.

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