George Lucas Educational Foundation

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 Data to Support Teacher and Student Growth

    By tracking progress and building on it, a New Orleans preschool creates a culture of improvement for the whole school.
  • 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.
  • Allowing Test Retakes—Without Getting Gamed

    Hundreds of teachers discussed the best ways to guide students toward mastery—without being taken advantage of.
  • Developing Confidence Through Delayed Grading

    Giving students time to explore ideas with no immediate grade pressure helps motivate them to be creative and take intellectual risks.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Interview Assessments

    A face-to-face chat provides an alternative for students who struggle to show what they know on tests.
  • 60-Second Strategy: TAG Feedback

    This quick exercise scaffolds peer critique for elementary students.
  • 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. 
  • Will Letter Grades Survive?

    A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.
  • 3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

    Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
  • Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

    A rigorous intervention pushes students who might be satisfied with a D to aim higher.
  • Demonstrations of Learning

    Competency-based education personalizes how students show mastery by giving them choice in how they’re assessed.
  • Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

    Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
  • Differentiating by Offering Choices

    Elementary students have a better chance of showing what they’re learning when they have a choice about how to show it.
  • 7 Strategies to Make Grading Easier

    Grading is time-consuming but necessary, so we have some techniques for making it more effective and efficient.
  • Using Art in Assessments

    An assessment called a one-pager has students use art to show what they know—and it can be used across the curriculum.