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Assessment

Look beyond high-stakes testing to learn about different ways of assessing the full range of student ability -- social, emotional, and academic achievement.

  • Creative Ways to Assess Math Understanding

    Traditional math assessments tend to provide a narrow gauge of student learning—here’s how some teachers are going deeper.
    Emelina Minero
  • High school students taking an exam in class

    8 Ways to Reduce Student Cheating

    Clarity about learning objectives and questions that focus on the thinking process can lessen the chance that students will cheat.
  • Teacher grading papers

    How to Spend Less Time Grading

    Carefully deciding what to grade and providing students with rubrics can make grading less time-consuming.
    3.4k
  • An illustration of spatial layout skills

    The Spatially Gifted—Our Future Architects and Engineers—Are Being Overlooked

    Though they have the potential to excel in many fields, we’re neglecting a large body of students with a unique set of skills.
    10.8k
  • Illustration showing pencil erasing scribble

    How to Help Students Focus on What They’re Learning, Not the Grade

    Work that emphasizes students’ developing skills instead of a graded product reminds them to see learning as their goal.
    9.9k
  • A sixth-grade student shares her project about weather-related natural disasters.

    Making Learning Targets Clear to Students

    When students clearly understand classroom expectations, they’re better able to assess and improve their performance.
    1.5k
  • An illustration concept of measuring student understanding

    7 Ways to Do Formative Assessments in Your Virtual Classroom

    Finding out what your students are really learning remains indispensable to teaching. Here’s what teachers are doing to check for understanding online. 
    8.9k
  • A photo collage featuring Angela Duckworth

    In Schools, Are We Measuring What Matters?

    The psychologist, researcher, and MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth believes that to make better decisions in our school systems, we need to rethink the way we measure student capabilities.
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  • Teacher looking at papers at home

    How to Make Sure Grades Are Meaningful and Useful to Students

    Giving grades that truly reflect student learning is one of the perennial problems in teaching, and these shifts in thinking about how to gather and report grades can help.
    3.4k
  • Woman teacher working on laptop at school

    4 Assessment Strategies for Distance and Hybrid Learning

    A few ways to set up formative and summative assessments that provide an accurate picture of what students know.
    3.6k
  • Teacher in classroom on computer teaching remotely due to COVID

    Formative and Summative Assessment in a Hybrid Classroom

    Getting a true sense of students’ learning and discouraging cheating is tough when some students are in the room and some are at home, but it can be done.
    2.9k
  • Teacher handing back graded assignments

    Better Ways to Measure Student Progress

    Distance learning has forced many educators to take a closer look at traditional grading and contemplate better methods of assessment.
    2.7k
  • High school student raises his hand in science class

    3 Ways to Get Teens Thinking Metacognitively

    Your classroom can provide a safe harbor for teens during a year of upheaval—use this opportunity to impart metacognitive skills they’ll use throughout their lives.
    1.6k
  • Student completing school work on her laptop at home

    Summative Assessment in Distance Learning

    Whether schools are using regular grades or not, teachers need to accurately assess learning while their students are at home. These are some helpful ideas to consider.
    10.9k
  • An Illustration depicting a formative assessment concept

    7 Smart, Fast Ways to Do Formative Assessment

    Within these methods you’ll find close to 40 tools and tricks for finding out what your students know while they’re still learning.
    23.7k

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