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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.

  • How Student-Led Conferences Center the Learning Journey

    When students lead the conversation in their parent-teacher conferences, they take ownership of their learning and growth.
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    Developing Better Writers

    Strengthening students’ writing skills means carving out dedicated time for cycles of productive feedback and revision.
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    Adopting a ‘Pen Pal’ Mindset When Giving Feedback

    Simple changes to the quality and tone of feedback matters when it comes to developing nurturing, trusting connections with students.
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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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    The Spatially Gifted—Our Future Architects and Engineers—Are Being Overlooked

    Though they have the potential to excel in many fields, we’re neglecting a large body of students with a unique set of skills.
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    How to Help Students Focus on What They’re Learning, Not the Grade

    Work that emphasizes students’ developing skills instead of a graded product reminds them to see learning as their goal.
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    8 Quick Checks for Understanding

    Formative assessment is a proven technique for improving student learning, and the strategies shared here by Jay McTighe work both in the classroom and remotely.
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  • High school chemistry students work together to create a 3-D model of a molecule.

    A Fuller Picture of What a ‘Good’ School Is

    Promoting relationships and a positive mindset toward learning has a bigger impact on students’ long-term success than raising test scores, new research shows.
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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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    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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  • A photo collage featuring Angela Duckworth

    In Schools, Are We Measuring What Matters?

    The psychologist, researcher, and MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth believes that to make better decisions in our school systems, we need to rethink the way we measure student capabilities.
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  • Student completing school work on her laptop at home

    Summative Assessment in Distance Learning

    Whether schools are using regular grades or not, teachers need to accurately assess learning while their students are at home. These are some helpful ideas to consider.
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  • Teacher grading papers

    How to Spend Less Time Grading

    Carefully deciding what to grade and providing students with rubrics can make grading less time-consuming.
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  • A sixth-grade student shares her project about weather-related natural disasters.

    Making Learning Targets Clear to Students

    When students clearly understand classroom expectations, they’re better able to assess and improve their performance.
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  • 3 Ways to Assess Math Understanding More Deeply

    3 Ways to Assess Math Understanding More Deeply

    Getting the answer right is just one part of math assessment—these strategies can provide deeper insight into students’ mathematical thinking.
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