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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 Risk & Reward of PBL

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The furor over the Common Core

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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Free Resources and Tools for "Authentic" Assessment

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Hit the Mark with Digital Media Exit Cards

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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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Growth Mindset and the Common Core Math Standards

Guest blogger Cindy Bryant, moderator of the LearnBop PLC, illustrates how the growth mindset aligns with the Common Core Standards for math.

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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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How Teachers Can Share Their Own Learning

Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz outlines the teacher defense -- an innovative approach to educators publicly sharing their learning from professional development.

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An Interview with Grant Wiggins: The Power of Backwards Design

Edutopia blogger interviews instructional expert and co-author of Understanding by Design Grant Wiggins.

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Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.

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The State of the Common Core

Vanessa Vega, Edutopia's Research Analyst, offers a work-in-progress view of how the Common Core is being implemented and assessed nationwide.

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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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Cultivating Multiple Intelligences at the Key Learning Community
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Cultivating Multiple Intelligences at the Key Learning Community

With a curriculum based upon Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, this K-12 Indianapolis school emphasizes exploration and deep understanding over rote memorization. Students are highly engaged and present portfolios of their work every...

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Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom at Mesquite Elementary School
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Differentiated Instruction: Helping Every Child Succeed

Mix teacher collaboration and innovative leadership with a big dose of differentiated instruction and you get Mesquite Elementary's winning recipe.

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Thinking Big About Engagement
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Thinking Big About Engagement

Even the smallest concepts become big enough to grasp in this middle school science class, where teacher Rob Olazagasti gives students opportunities to learn by creating, remember by experiencing, and show what they know by teaching.

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What Exactly Is "Understanding?" And How Do We Assess It?

Blogger Terry Heick looks at the nebulous term "understanding" and how its many interpretations can make student assessment so difficult.

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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning
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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning

You can't tear students at Newsome Park Elementary School away from their schoolwork when it involves in-depth investigations with real-world applications.

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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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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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