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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

The PBL Launch Pad, Part One: Worthwhile Projects for High School Students

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The Importance of Play in Preparing for Standardized Testing

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What's the Point of Assessment?

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Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing

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Why Formative Assessments Matter

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The Importance of Student Journals and How to Respond Efficiently

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Critical Assessment Ideas from PBL World

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, recently returned from this year's PBL World Conference, presents a few of his big takeaways about critical assessment.

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The Common Core: Haven't We Been Here Before?

Consultant and author Dr. Allen Mendler suggests that the Common Core may be just another well-intentioned but poorly-implemented educational panacea.

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The Dark History of the Multiple-Choice Test

Science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez reveals the questionable origins of the multiple-choice test and questions whether this is truly a valid form of assessment.

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The Arbitrary Albatross: Standardized Testing and Teacher Evaluation

Teacher and author Aaron Pribble looks at the high toll of high-stakes testing and what it means for the teaching profession.

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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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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks
Schools That Work

Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.

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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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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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Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.

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A Textbook Example of What's Wrong with Education

A former schoolbook editor parses the politics of educational publishing.

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Criteria for Effective Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Andrew Miller from the Buck Institute shares some criteria for assessing project-based learning effectively.

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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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Pages

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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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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