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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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Overview

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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Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding

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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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To Improve Test Scores: Hit Reset

Guest bloggers Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien explain how there are no bad test takers, but stress responses are real. Students can learn how to reset the visceral distraction of feelings that inhibit their test performance.

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Understanding Assessment: Resources for Parents

We've compiled a resources list to help families understand various uses of assessment in schools, what questions to ask, how to help children prepare, and all about standardized tests.

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Beyond the Standardized Test: Aim Higher

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller looks at prep for standardized testing as an opportunity to encourage higher order thinking, embed test prep practices, and make informed decisions about engaging the class and reaching individual students.

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The Power of Performance Assessments

Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz shares the Envision Schools' framework for assessing high school students during their four-year academic journey.

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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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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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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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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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High Expectations: Students Learn to Rise to the Occasion
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High Expectations: Students Learn to Rise to the Occasion

Through a focus on teamwork, individualized instruction, and ongoing assessment, this K-6 school is improving the achievement of minority and low-income students.

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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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Debunking Homework Myths

Check out these homework myths one teacher debunked and the strategies he used to successfully engage his students in homework.

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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

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