Blogs on Assessment



Move past high-stakes testing and expand your understanding about the different types of effective assessment.

EdutopiaMarch 1, 2010

Editor's Note: Don't miss David's dispatch on Day 2.

Sunday, I camped out at the 9th Annual International Symposium of CoSN, also known as the Consortium of School Networking, in Washington, D.C., and learned a ton from an A-list of international education innovators. Listening to folks from Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, as well as some of our own American leading lights, I came away understanding, with ever more precision, how essential technology will be to educating students everywhere.

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Owen EdwardsMarch 1, 2010

Half a lifetime ago, I lived in Greece, on a small island not far from the coast of Turkey. In the process of furnishing a house on the cheap, I traveled a couple of times a year to coastal Turkish towns and bought old woven kilim rugs.

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Betty RayJanuary 14, 2010

Each week, educators from around the world meet on Twitter to debate, ruminate, and brainstorm on the top issues of the day via #edchat. We are avid supporters of #edchat, and we have started to publish a weekly guest blog by one of the chat's attendees.

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Rebecca AlberJanuary 5, 2010

Exhausted from a day of teaching, managing projects, and lunchtime detention, you head home, knowing a stack of ungraded student work awaits your arrival. You ask yourself, "What would happen if I didn't grade those papers?"

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EdutopiaNovember 10, 2009

You might say the United States is the California of countries when it comes to how our students score on international exams. We're not the worst, but we have an uncomfortably close view of the bottom.

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Elena AguilarNovember 9, 2009

In the coming weeks, I'll share tips guaranteed to increase student achievement. This guarantee is based on my own teaching and experience as an instructional coach, as well as on research compiled by education experts.

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Bob LenzOctober 26, 2009

In my last post, "How to Make Writing Research Papers Relevant for Students," I described an expository writing task that all our students at Envision Schools must complete. In this post, I will highlight the task of analyzing literature.

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Rebecca AlberOctober 6, 2009

When we consider constructivist teaching, or a constructivist approach to learning, what comes to mind? For me, I see Socrates standing not in the center, but to the side of his students.

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Bob LenzSeptember 28, 2009

In my last post, "Preparing High School Seniors for College," I outlined the College Success Portfolio, a performance-assessment system used at Envision Schools. We developed this system because we believe students demonstrate college readiness not only by passing rigorous courses but also by actually producing college-ready academic work, demonstrating 21st-century leadership skills, and mastering college-level work habits.

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Stephen HurleySeptember 15, 2009

The following quote is one of the first things my eighth-grade students see when they walk into their classroom in September:

The following quote is one of the first things my eighth-grade students see when they walk into their classroom in September: Read More