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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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • Future-Ready Outcomes as an Alternative to Participation Grading

    This assessment strategy pairs content-based standards with the development of skills that equip students for success in the future.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
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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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  • 60-Second Strategy: Rapid Review

    Getting content to stick can actually be fun if you use a quick and energetic activity to review the material.
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  • From the Classroom to the House

    Jahana Hayes, congresswoman and high school history teacher, on the disconnect between Washington and the classroom, and the importance of keeping teacher voices in the mix.
  • 7 Ways to Get Retrieval Practice Right

    Effective retrieval practice strategies help students identify what they know about a given concept and retain that information for the long-term.
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