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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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Assessment for Understanding

Standardized tests aren't the only way of gauging student achievement. Through various measures, including portfolios, presentations, and tests, educators are using performance assessments to measure what students know and can do. Watch an introduction video.

History

Comprehensive Assessment: A Short History

Comprehensive assessment embraces the whole system of assessing student understanding as a mechanism to improve teaching and learning. Learn more.

Experts

What the Experts Say

Educators and researchers share their views on why authentic assessment is a critical piece of the learning process. See what the experts say.

Research

Research: Integrating Assessment into Classroom Practice

Assessment is the single most effective instructional strategy to increase learning. Learn about the key comprehensive assessment practices that have been shown by research to promote learning. Dig deeper.

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Resources for Using Rubrics in the Middle Grades

Looking for help with rubrics? With a focus on the middle grades, we've compiled tips, sample rubrics, and resources to help you design and implement rubrics for assessment.

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Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing

Edutopia blogger Josh Block, acknowledging that it takes time to process information and synthesize ideas, offers some reflective and closing activities to deepen students' learning in those critical minutes at the end of class.

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To Improve Test Scores: Hit Reset

Guest bloggers Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien explain how there are no bad test takers, but stress responses are real. Students can learn how to reset the visceral distraction of feelings that inhibit their test performance.

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Understanding Assessment: Resources for Parents

We've compiled a resources list to help families understand various uses of assessment in schools, what questions to ask, how to help children prepare, and all about standardized tests.

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Beyond the Standardized Test: Aim Higher

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller looks at prep for standardized testing as an opportunity to encourage higher order thinking, embed test prep practices, and make informed decisions about engaging the class and reaching individual students.

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The Power of Performance Assessments

Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz shares the Envision Schools' framework for assessing high school students during their four-year academic journey.

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Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated?

Guest blogger Denise Pope, senior lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, looks at the culture of desperation that encourages widespread student cheating and suggests five steps toward academic integrity in the classroom.

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Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

A well-designed SEL program includes not only evidence-based curricula and instruction, but also clear goals, benchmarks, and tools for universal and targeted screening and progress monitoring.

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Waldorf-Inspired Public Schools Are on the Rise

Waldorf-inspired public schools are on the rise as parents seek relief from the high-stakes testing culture.

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Teachers Shake Up Shakespeare with Digital Media

Rap and film bring the Bard's characters to life for high school students.

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Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Nonverbal Texts

Blogger Todd Finley looks at Standard 9 of the CCSS and, with his usual flair, suggests an entertaining range of complex nonverbal texts for students to analyze.

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The 5 Keys to Successful Comprehensive Assessment in Action

Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning.

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Comprehensive Assessment: A Short History

Comprehensive assessment embraces the whole system of assessing student understanding as a mechanism to improve teaching and learning.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review

Discover the key comprehensive assessment practices that have been shown by extensive research to promote learning.

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Assessment Professional Development Guide

An overview of the Edutopia professional development guide for understanding the many ways to assess student learning in the classroom.

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