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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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The furor over the Common Core

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Annotated Bibliography

Find research supporting comprehensive assessment in this annotated bibliography.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Avoiding Pitfalls

Avoid these common mistakes so you can help ensure a comprehensive assessment process that is effective for both you and your students.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Motivating Students

Helping students develop a growth mindset and nurturing grit are two important aspects of keeping students motivated to learn more and improve.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Providing Feedback

Discover research-based strategies for providing valuable, actionable feedback throughout the learning process.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Setting Goals

An important first step in effective comprehensive assessment is to set challenging, meaningful learning goals with multifaceted criteria for success.

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how academic language differs from social language and offers eight specific strategies for teaching the vocabulary that students require to succeed in the Common Core and on the SAT.

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6 Ways to Honor the Learning Process in Your Classroom

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick reflects on the fluid nature of student learning and how assessment needs to reflect that, and then suggests six strategies for enhancing depth of understanding.

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How Do Rubrics Help?

How students and teachers understand the standards against which work will be measured, from Edutopia.org's Assessment Professional Development Guide.

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Assessing the Common Core Standards: Real Life Mathematics

Blogger Andrew Miller on why we need to keep relevancy in mind when we ask students to perform real world math, just as the Math Common Core dictates.

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5 Strategies to Ensure Student Learning

After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.

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Geometry Students Angle into Architecture Through Project Learning

When learning is based on projects, math becomes relevant as well as rigorous.

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Hit the Mark with Digital Media Exit Cards

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson illustrates the importance of formative assessment and suggests engaging ways of using mobile devices to enhance the tried-and-true exit slip.

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Khan Academy Founder Salman Khan on Liberating the Classroom for Creativity
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Salman Khan on Liberating the Classroom for Creativity (Big Thinkers Series)

The founder of Khan Academy discusses how his videos can help create a "flipped classroom" that allows blended learning -- online lectures can happen at home and project-based learning can happen during school.

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Keeping Assessment Relevant and "Authentic"
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Keeping It Relevant and "Authentic"

Mistakes become learning opportunities in Ben Mook's 7th grade Algebra class. To assess his students, Mook challenges them to solve real life problems, and emphasizes their thought processes over getting the right answers.

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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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