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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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    When teachers guide students to look beyond narrow metrics of success in math, more students will see their potential for learning.
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    Teachers can create positive learning experiences for students that combine assessment with agency, opportunity, and community building.
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