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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.

  • Using Student-Generated Questions to Promote Deeper Thinking

    Asking students to create their own questions has a powerful impact on learning. Plus, 5 tips to encourage high-quality questions.
    Youki Terada
  • 4 Strategies for Implementing Standards-Based Learning

    When the teachers and administrators at a middle school determined that A–F grades didn’t align with their goals, they began a years-long shift in how they assess student learning.
  • How Fan Fiction Can Transform Student Writing (and Reduce Your Grading)

    Fan fiction assignments can help make young readers and writers more passionate, confident, and expressive, while easing your workload.
  • 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.
  • 5 Apps to Enhance Distance Learning

    These (mostly free) applications allow teachers to create virtual classrooms, record lessons, and collect student work.
  • The Case for Not Allowing Test Retakes

    As more educators drop penalties for late work and allow students to redo tests, a high school teacher says that traditional policies are better for the majority of students.
  • 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.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Respond, Reflect, and Review

    This simple activity helps students practice giving and receiving peer feedback—and gets them out of their desks.
  • Starting the Year With Adaptable Literacy Preassessments

    Planning to assess literacy skills in formats that work in either live or remote instruction will help middle school teachers meet students where they are.
  • 3 Reasons Students Procrastinate—and How to Help Them Stop

    Psychologists have uncovered reasons why students put off important work. But there are a few simple things teachers can do to keep students on track.
  • 6 Ways to Transition IEP Goals to Remote Learning

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, meeting IEP goals can be a challenge. We offer ways to help.
  • 3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

    Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
  • Using Universal Design to Create Better Assessments

    Tapping into elements of Universal Design for Learning may help teachers create fairer and more reliable tests.
  • Do No-Zero Policies Help or Hurt Students?

    No-zero policies spur serious—and productive—debate among teachers. We look at the big insights on both sides of the argument. 
  • 6 Teacher-Approved Tips for Faster, More Effective Feedback

    More is not always better (and other life-saving tips).

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