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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.

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Assessment for Understanding

Standardized tests aren't the only way of gauging student achievement. Through various measures, including portfolios, presentations, and tests, educators are using performance assessments to measure what students know and can do. 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.

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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Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

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Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

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Assessment in Making

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Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

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When Grading Harms Student Learning

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Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding

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New Teachers: A Primer on Assessment

n this guide for new teachers, learn about different types of assessment and how they can be used to provide feedback to learners and inform instruction.

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Failure Is Essential to Learning

To help these kids make the kinds of gains they need to master the Common Core, students must learn to receive feedback and also how to use it to improve.

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Making Student Data Part of the Conversation

Humboldt Elementary, a school once on the verge of being labeled under-performing, turned to data to move the bar on student success.

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Five Keys to Comprehensive Assessment
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How Should We Measure Student Learning? 5 Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning.

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4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics

Cait Camarata, Edutopia’s visual designer, provides a few straightforward rubric-design tips and a customizable rubric template for educators who are short on time.

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The 5 Keys to Successful Comprehensive Assessment in Action

Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning.

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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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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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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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Applying Math Skills to a Real-World Problem

Students in Eeva Reeder's geometry class design schools for 2050.

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Comprehensive Assessment: An Overview
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Comprehensive Assessment: An Overview

Performance assessments offer a richer, more holistic approach to evaluating what students know and can do.

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Four Free Assessment Apps for 1:1 Classrooms

Edutopia blogger and NYC educator Monica Burns highlights four free assessment apps that work great in 1:1 classrooms.

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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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Essential Habits of an Excellent Educator

As an educator, you are what you do, so establish a good workflow, make assessment a routine, and develop personal habits to sustain your excellence.

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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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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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