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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.

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  • Staying Connected to Purpose Beyond Testing Season

    Standardized tests are an inevitable part of school life, but education leader Ron Berger wants to remind administrators to keep holding space for the real reason teachers show up: to help kids become great thinkers and human beings.
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  • How to Design Better Tests, Based on the Research

    A review of a dozen recent studies reveals that to design good tests, teachers need to consider bias, rigor, and mindset.
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  • A Year of No Tests

    Removing summative assessments from instructional practice can make class more interesting, engaging, and stress free for students.
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  • 3 Grading Practices That Should Change

    By ensuring that their grading methods accurately report content knowledge, teachers can promote and reward student growth.
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  • Self-Paced Learning in Middle School Math

    Implementing self-paced learning helped an eighth-grade algebra teacher scaffold and differentiate instruction, creating a student-centered class.
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    The Case Against Zeros in Grading

    Teachers can rethink their grading practices to make them more mathematically fair for students and allow for redemption for a missed assignment.
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  • 3 Reasons a Teacher Gave Up Grading

    How the practice of “ungrading” transformed a teacher’s life, and motivated her students to think for themselves.
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  • No Points Off for Late Work

    A look at how one teacher adjusted her policies to encourage learners to turn in quality assignments, even if they were late.
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  • How to Reduce Guessing During Testing Season

    Metacognitive tasks can help eliminate guessing and ensure that elementary students show what they know on standardized tests.
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  • Districts Make Progress—and Encounter Resistance—as They Update Grading Models

    Even as schools across the country experiment with new models for assessing students, they aren’t ready to commit to a wholesale divorce from the A to F letter grades that have been around since the 1940s.
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  • 4 Ways to Fight Bias in Grading

    Unconscious bias may be unavoidable, but here’s how you can reduce its destructive impact.
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    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.
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    The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

    We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.
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  • Using Positive Feedback in Math Classrooms

    Providing math students with positive feedback can help them clarify their thinking, take risks, and apply concepts in new contexts.
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  • 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. 
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