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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Performance Assessment

How well did your students learn? Find alternative ways to assess what they know and what they can do through the creation of authentic products and performances.

A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 3

Watch as one high school student is asked challenging questions from a panel as she defends her senior thesis and portfolio.

A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 4

The case is made for teachers to work together to calibrate assignment or project criteria so that every student is judged by the same standards and the same level of rigor.

Deeper Learning: Performance Assessment and Authentic Audience

Shawn Cornally explores ways of making assessment relevant to students and more useful to teachers.

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Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.

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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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Survive and Thrive During Testing Season

Guest blogger Lori Desautels considers the brain research on why test prep can be so stressful, and offers six brain-compatible strategies to help students feel better about themselves and more connected to the material.

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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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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis, suggesting that effective assessment is built on students' strengths and interests, offers five forms of assessment that will help students retain content rather than forgetting material they no longer need.

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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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Linda Darling-Hammond on Becoming Internationally Competitive
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Big Thinkers: Linda Darling-Hammond on Becoming Internationally Competitive

Stanford University professor and noted researcher Linda Darling-Hammond discusses what the United States can learn from high-achieving countries on teaching, learning, and assessment.

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Comprehensive Assessment: An Overview
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Comprehensive Assessment: An Overview

Performance assessments offer a richer, more holistic approach to evaluating what students know and can do.

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Applying Math Skills to a Real-World Problem
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Applying Math Skills to a Real-World Problem

Students in Eeva Reeder's geometry class design schools for 2050.

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Classroom Behavior? There's an App for That

Fifth-grade teacher Lisa Mims describes how she uses the ClassDojo app to improve student behavior, share data and save time.

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An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment
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An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment

Performance-based evaluation is a real-world improvement on the artificial measures of paper-and-pencil testing.

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The Writing Workshop: A Valuable Tool for Differentiation and Formative Assessment (Guest Blog)

The writing workshop is a valuable framework in which differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and composition theory can develop students' critical literacy. (Guest blogger: Jennifer Sharpe)

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