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Pushing past the standardized test

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Coming up in the next issue of Edutopia, a Dispatch column by author Todd Farley provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world of standardized testing. We know how important it is to find new ways to assess students in 21st-century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, and creativity and innovation.

What are you doing in your school or classroom to implement a more comprehensive approach to testing?

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6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher


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One thing I love to do is PBL. I try to give the projects a real-world feel and represent the students' interests. I also switch it up and use individual and group projects. Sometimes I select the grouping, use random grouping, or let the students pick their groups. Sometimes just asking students what they would like to do can make a big difference!

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