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.
The current faculty and administrators have worked closely on a host of innovations in assessment and curriculum planning over several years. The keys, they say, are trust, transparency, and collaboration -- and providing the professional development and training teachers need to succeed.
Credit: Tom LeGoff
Note: The School of the Future is part of a network of New York schools that develops and uses its own assessment techniques, referred to as DYOs. The school also uses Tasks on Demand, or unannounced assessments that do not provide supports for the students, in order to measure their learning at regular intervals.
Resources On This Page:
- Do Your Own (DYO) Assessment Examples, Rubrics, Data, and Data Analysis
- Skills Spirals and Tracking Sheets
- SOF's Instuctional Tools for Teachers
- Tools for Developing a High School Humanities Project -- Persepolis
- Schedules and Other Resources
- Websites and Readings
Do Your Own (DYO) Assessment Examples, Rubrics, Data, and Data Analysis
Examples of criteria used in authentic assessment
Skills Spirals and Tracking Sheets
Ideas for moving curriculum into a circular pattern and tracking performance to expose students to a wide variety of topics over and over again as the material gets more challenging
SOF's Instuctional Tools for Teachers
Lesson planning guides, date-driven decision making tools, discussion protocols, and teacher observation forms
Tools for Developing a High School Humanities Project -- Persepolis
Rubrics, organizers, and lessons plans for a high school graphic novel project
Schedules and Other Resources
Websites and Readings
Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom Lisa Delpit (2006) The New Press
"Thinking Algebraically: Promoting Rigorous Mathematics for All Students" (2008) NEA Policy Brief
The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons from a Small School in Harlem Debbie Meier (1996) Beacon Press
Assessing Writers Carl Anderson (2005) Heinemann
Livechat archive with Andy Snyder, social studies teacher from School of the Future
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