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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.

Discuss

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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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The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around)

Edutopia blogger Jose Vilson believes his students are lying when they claim inability to understand, and he offers three strategies to help them get past this erroneous statement.

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Common Core Standard: Third Grade Math Strategies

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests some student-centered learning methods to meet the Common Core requirement of teaching multiplication and division to third graders.

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Free Resources and Downloads for Project Learning

Educators from Maine have shared details about their administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials you may adapt for your class, school, or school district.

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Waldorf-Inspired Public Schools Are on the Rise

Waldorf-inspired public schools are on the rise as parents seek relief from the high-stakes testing culture.

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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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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

Read and download this self-assessment rubric and accompanying questions to help you assess your own or your students' social and emotional development this year.

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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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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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Debunking Five Myths About Project-Based Learning

John Lerner from the Buck Institute of Education says PBL is more rigorous and more organized than many think.

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Individual Learning Plan

Download the student learning plan template used at KIPP King Collegiate High School to help students monitor their own growth and development.

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The Intensified Socratic Seminar Assessment Guide

Download two blank assessment handouts, one for peer evaluation of student performance in Socratic seminar discussions, one for student self-assessment.

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Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning

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