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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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How Common Assessments Boost Accountability

Blogger Bob Lenz describes how teacher-designed common assessments create more accountability for both students and instructors.

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Critical Assessment Ideas from PBL World

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, recently returned from this year's PBL World Conference, presents a few of his big takeaways about critical assessment.

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New Teachers: A Primer on Assessment

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How a resource-strapped elementary school became a top-performing school with a homegrown, easy-to-implement program of differentiated instruction.

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

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