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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

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

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

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ACT State Profile Reports: College Readiness

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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

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Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated?

Guest blogger Denise Pope, senior lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, looks at the culture of desperation that encourages widespread student cheating and suggests five steps toward academic integrity in the classroom.

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4 Tips to Build Student Confidence

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson, recognizing that students get overwhelmed by unfamiliar material and choke up on assessments, offers four confidence-building strategies: verbalizing, brain dumps, non-linear thinking creativity.

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How Assessment Can Lead to Deeper Learning

Edutopia Bob Lenz explains the importance of engaging students directly in assessing their own progress.

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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis, suggesting that effective assessment is built on students' strengths and interests, offers five forms of assessment that will help students retain content rather than forgetting material they no longer need.

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The Importance of Play in Preparing for Standardized Testing

Principal and blogger Matt Levinson suggests playing with the standardized test format to build student familiarity and confidence for what needn't be such a dreaded event.

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Helping Students Understand What a Test Is and Is Not

Neurologist, teacher, author and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis explains how students' performance on tests can often be affected by their perceptions of and feelings about why they're being tested and what's being assessed.

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Common Core in Action: Teaching Online Ethics

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron looks at a key element of digital citizenship - responsible use of intellectual property - and slots it into the eighth grade Common Core Standard for gathering, using and attributing relevant information.

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Lesson 5: Teaching Directions, Maps, and Coordinates

Give students a lesson in navigation -- from the points of the compass to GPS mapping.

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An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment
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An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment

Performance-based evaluation is a real-world improvement on the artificial measures of paper-and-pencil testing.

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Waldorf-Inspired Public Schools Are on the Rise

Waldorf-inspired public schools are on the rise as parents seek relief from the high-stakes testing culture.

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How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful?

Blogger and middle school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron uses the 4 Cs from the Common Core standards to guide her when designing student assessments.

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Grant Wiggins: Defining Assessment

Grant Wiggins, a nationally recognized assessment expert, shares his thoughts on performance assessments, standardized tests, and more.

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Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, reinforcing his long-held belief that creativity can be taught and assessed, offers a PBL strategy for how to do just that.

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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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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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