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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

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

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Sharing Data with Students: Turning "Data-Driven" on its Head

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ACT State Profile Reports: College Readiness

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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Sharing Data with Students: Turning "Data-Driven" on its Head

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Open Door Policy: College Success Portfolio Defenses

Blogger Bob Lenz describes how Envision offers other educators a chance to observe their schools several times a year to witness their innovative assessment model.

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How to Avoid Testing Burnout

High school principal Ben Johnson offers antidotes to teachers and students for testing burnout.

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Modeling: Essential for Learning

Math teacher and professional development specialist Karen Lea discusses the importance of instruction by modeling, and takes her examples from possible lessons that meet the Common Core Standards.

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Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Nonverbal Texts

Blogger Todd Finley looks at Standard 9 of the CCSS and, with his usual flair, suggests an entertaining range of complex nonverbal texts for students to analyze.

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Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, reinforcing his long-held belief that creativity can be taught and assessed, offers a PBL strategy for how to do just that.

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Meaningful Connections: Objectives and Standards

Math teacher and teaching strategist Karen Lea looks at meaningful ways to connect learning objectives with Common Core State Standards.

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Handling Teacher and Student Testing Burnout

Blogger and high school principal Ben Johnson proposes technology as a key to deeper learning.

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Pages

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Sustaining Success Despite Budget Cuts

How a resource-strapped elementary school became a top-performing school with a homegrown, easy-to-implement program of differentiated instruction.

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Education Everywhere: School Success Stories from Abroad

Edutopia's video series Education Everywhere profiles innovative school systems all around the world. Here you'll find links to the videos and additional resources for learning about education systems in various countries.

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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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Immersing Students in Civic Education

The Build San Francisco Institute is devoted to the architecture of building adults.

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More Fun Than a Barrel of . . . Worms?!

At Newsome Park Elementary School, assignments in project-based learning are helping students learn more, participate more, and want more.

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Active Learning Is Key to Differentiated Instruction

Meeting the needs of all learners starts with using active-learning strategies -- including student choice.

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How the School of the Future Got It Right

This New York City middle and high school measures the full range of student ability through formative assessments, presentations, exhibitions, and tests -- and they put a strong focus on "authentic" tasks that are tied to the real world.

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Blog

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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Article

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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Article

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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