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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

School Of The Future

Grades 6-8 | New York City, NY

Comprehensive Assessment: A New York City Success Story

This New York City middle and high school ensures that students learn how to think critically and are assessed in an authentic way.

What this School is Achieving

OUTCOMES

School of the Future middle school students take all of the New York Regents Exams (the standardized tests used in the state of New York), but the high school students have to take only one of these exams.

Eighth graders scoring at or above a level 3 (meeting standards or meeting standards with distinction) on the New York State Assessments:

  • ELA: 82%, up from 74% the previous year
  • Math: 94%, up from 84% the previous year

Data is from the 2009-2010 academic year.

How They Do It

Comprehensive Assessment: A New York City Success Story

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.

02/04/2011
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Strategic Goals: Formative Plus Summative Assessment Equals Rigor

Strategic Goals: Formative + Summative = Rigor

Rigorous expectations yield impressive results at New York's School of the Future, where regular assessments help keep students on track, and teachers strive to tap into students' true interests to bring out their best work.

01/17/2011
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"Authentic" Assessment at School of the Future

What is "Authentic" Assessment?

Educators at New York's School of the Future have enjoyed great success at teaching and assessing their students. Both efforts are squarely focused on student understanding of fundamental concepts and real-life learning. Making these efforts...

01/17/2011
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Thinking Big About Engagement

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.

01/17/2011
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Keeping Assessment Relevant and "Authentic"

Keeping It Relevant and "Authentic"

Mistakes become learning opportunities in Ben Mook's 7th grade Algebra class. To assess his students, Mook challenges them to solve real life problems, and emphasizes their thought processes over getting the right answers.

01/17/2011
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Making Sure They Are Learning

Making Sure They Are Learning

Sticky notes coalesce into high-level analytical thinking in Sarah Kaufmann's 6th grade humanities class, where complex concepts are broken down into manageable pieces that help students master challenging assignments.

01/17/2011
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Free Resources and Tools for "Authentic" Assessment

New York's School of the Future shares their assessment plans and rubrics, classroom projects, schedules, web links, and other resources to help you implement "authentic" assessment today.

01/14/2011
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Authentic Assessment: What You Can Do in 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 months, 5 years . . .

How you can replicate authentic assessment with the resources and time that you have.

01/14/2011
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Ten Takeaway Tips for Using Authentic Assessment in Your School

How you can get started.

01/14/2011
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School of the Future by the Numbers

This New York City middle and high school ensures that students learn how to think critically and are assessed in an authentic way.

01/14/2011
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