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.

  • Assessing Social and Emotional Learning

    A review of three types of SEL assessment, with suggestions for ways to collect and report student growth to families.
    Maurice J. Elias
  • What Does the Research Say About Testing?

    There’s too much testing in schools, most teachers agree, but well-designed classroom tests and quizzes can improve student recall and retention.
  • Methods for Managing Late Work

    Examining the reasoning behind your assessments can help shape your approach to tardy work, says Jennifer Gonzalez.
  • The Case for Not Allowing Test Retakes

    As more educators drop penalties for late work and allow students to redo tests, a high school teacher says that traditional policies are better for the majority of students.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Respond, Reflect, and Review

    This simple activity helps students practice giving and receiving peer feedback—and gets them out of their desks.
  • 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 Teacher-Approved Tips for Faster, More Effective Feedback

    More is not always better (and other life-saving tips).
  • Allowing Test Retakes—Without Getting Gamed

    Hundreds of teachers discussed the best ways to guide students toward mastery—without being taken advantage of.
  • Tips for Allowing Test Retakes

    Allowing students a chance to redo tests and assignments can help them keep striving for mastery, if the process is well managed.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Interview Assessments

    A face-to-face chat provides an alternative for students who struggle to show what they know on tests.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

    Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
    Rebecca Alber
  • Will Letter Grades Survive?

    A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.
  • 60-Second Strategy: TAG Feedback

    This quick exercise scaffolds peer critique for elementary students.