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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 Powerful Way to Document Student Learning in the Early Grades

    Learning stories are narratives that demonstrate in images and text the learning process of students in preschool through grade 2.
    Tatiane Rigonati
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Illustration concept for deemphasizing F grades

    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.
  • How to Get Students to Focus on Learning—Not Grades

    With a few shifts in the classroom, teachers can encourage students to pay more attention to the skills they are building than to a number or letter score.
  • Documentation Panels Are a Novel Way for Students to Demonstrate Their Learning

    This innovative assessment tool has students engage in metacognitive reflection by assembling and presenting evidence of their learning.
  • 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.
  • 7 Tips for Creating Motivating Assessments

    Teachers can take small actions to ensure that the tests they give build students’ confidence, refine skills, and encourage independence.
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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.
  • 6 Unproductive Ways to Learn Math Basics—and What to Do Instead

    Tune up your math teaching with this review of strategies to avoid, plus alternatives that will challenge, engage, and enlighten your students.
  • What a Culture of Caring Looks Like in Early Childhood Classrooms

    A commitment to fostering an environment of caring can promote learning in culturally diverse pre-K to 2 classrooms.
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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.
  • 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.
  • Boosting High School Students’ Sense of Agency and Motivation

    Providing students with greater voice and choice in the classroom can build their desire to learn and do well academically.
  • The Value of Reciprocal Feedback

    Teachers often give high school students feedback to guide their learning—soliciting feedback about the class from them helps deepen the teacher-student rapport.

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