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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.


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.


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: 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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Case Study: What Does it Take to Turn Around a School?

Author and educator Rick Winter describes his experience in taking a small school from struggling to success.

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Mix teacher collaboration and innovative leadership with a big dose of differentiated instruction and you get Mesquite Elementary's winning recipe.

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Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

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Let's broaden our definition of gifted students to include creativity, writing skills, musical and artistic talent, superior leadership and speaking skills, and moral character.

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This simple testing method puts students in charge of their own learning.

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