Resources for Comprehensive Assessment
Free materials, downloads, and suggested readings to better understand comprehensive assessment.
In this section, you will find materials and resources for teaching about how to incorporate authentic assessment into the classroom, whether you are conducting a two-hour session or class or can spend a day or two on the topic.
We believe you will find much here from which you can build a set of experiences tailored to class participants for the purpose of exploring comprehensive assessment.
SUGGESTED READINGS AND VIEWINGS
More Edutopia.org Resources on Comprehensive Assessment:
- Edutopia's Comprehensive Assessment Core Strategy page
- Article: "Assessment for Understanding: Taking a Deeper Look"
- Video: "An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment"
- Article: "Studies in Success: A Survey of Assessment Research"
- Video: "Assessment Overview: Beyond Standardized Testing"
- Article: "Comprehensive Assessment: What Experts Say"
- Schools That Work Package: "Comprehensive Assessment: A New York Success Story"
- Article: "Toward Genuine Accountability: The Case for a New State Assessment System"
- Article: "Measuring What Counts: Memorization Versus Understanding"
- Article: "Assessment: No Single Measure Tells the Story of Student Achievement"
- Package: "Reinventing the Big Test: The Challenge of Authentic Assessment"
- Article: "10 Takeaway Tips for Authentic Assessment"
- Article: "How you can replicate authentic assessment in 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 months, 5 years..."
- Article: "Healthier Testing Made Easy: The Idea of Authentic Assessment"
- Article: "Standardized Testing Fails the Exam"
- Resource Roundup: Free Resources and Downloads for Authentic Assessment
- Discussion Group: Assessment
- Blog: "Tame the Beast: Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics" by Andrew Miller
- Resource Roundup: Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards
Top Edutopia.org Case Study Videos on Comprehensive Assessment:
- Ongoing Assessment at Faubion Elementary School in Portland, OR
- Formative Assessment at Forest Lake Elementary in Columbia, SC
- Reteach and Enrich strategy at Mesquite Elementary in Tucson, AZ
- Project Assessment at Newsome Park Elementary School in Newport News, VA
- Authentic Assessment for Algebra at School of the Future in New York, NY
- Authentic Assessment for Humanities at School of the Future in New York, NY
- Kinetic Conundrum Project at King Middle School in Portland, ME
- Ongoing Assessment at Mott Hall School in New York, NY
- Performance Assessment at Aviation High School in Seattle, WA
- Using a Fishbowl at KIPP King Collegiate High School in San Lorenzo, CA
- Presentations of Learning at High Tech High School in San Diego, CA
- UrbanPlan Project at Alameda High School in Alameda, CA
- Comprehensive Assessment at Mountlake Terrace High School in Mountlake Terrace, WA
- Performance Assessment at Urban Academy in New York, NY
Additional Resources Elsewhere on the Web:
- American Educational Research Association
- Authentic Education Consulting
- National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing
- Student Assessment and Standards (Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education / SCOPE)
- Assessment Reform Network (The National Center for Fair and Open Testing)
- Alternatives to High-Stakes Testing (The New York Performance Standards Consortium)
Reports and Readings
- The National Educational Technology Plan 2010 (U.S. Department of Education)
- "Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment" ( PDF -- Phi Delta Kappan)
Tools and Rubrics
- Authentic Assessment Toolbox (Dr. Jon Mueller, North Central College)
- RubiStar Free Rubric-Building Tool (4Teachers.org)
- Assessment & Rubric Information (Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators on DiscoveryEducation.com)
- Rubrics and Rubric Makers (Teachnology.com)
- Edutopia: Success Stories for Learning in the Digital Age
- Creating & Recognizing Quality Rubrics by Judith A. Arter and Jan Chappuis
- Tales of Thinking by Paul Carreiro
- Assessment in Educational Reform: Both Means and Ends by Robert W. Lisitz and William D. Schaffer
- Meaningful Assessment: A Manageable and Cooperative Process by David W. Johnson and Roger T. Johnson
- Why We Assess Students -- and How: The Competing Measures of Student Performance by James E. McLean and Robert E. Lockwood
- A Practical Guide to Alternative Assessment by Joan L. Herman, Lynn Winters, and Pamela R. Aschbacher
- Educative Assessment by Grant Wiggins
This guide is organized into six sections:
- Why Is Assessment Important?
- Types of Assessment
- How Do Rubrics Help?
- Workshop Activities
- Resources for Assessment