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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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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: 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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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review

Discover the key comprehensive assessment practices that have been shown by extensive research to promote learning.

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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: Annotated Bibliography

Find research supporting comprehensive assessment in this annotated bibliography.

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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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Applying Math Skills to a Real-World Problem

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Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing

Edutopia blogger Josh Block, acknowledging that it takes time to process information and synthesize ideas, offers some reflective and closing activities to deepen students' learning in those critical minutes at the end of class.

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10 Big Ideas for Better Classrooms: Striving to Improve Public Education

Successful examples of key elements in improving public education, including Project-Based Learning, Technology Integration, Integrated Studies, Comprehensive Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence.

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Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding

Whether it's an app or a piece of paper, exit tickets are quick, ungraded assessments of how you're teaching and what students need from you next.

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Embedding Assessment Throughout the Project (Keys to PBL Series Part 5)

Assessment can be integrated seamlessly into project-based learning. Find tools for measuring student understanding from the beginning to the end of a project.

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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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Interactive Rubrics as Assessment for Learning

Guest blogger Michelle Lampinen, a digital literacy and English teacher at Biotechnology High School, describes how she reverse-engineered a rubric for student assessment that includes links and QR codes.

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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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