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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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One chemistry teacher describes how, through incremental learning goals, formative assessments, and differentiation, she inspires her students to work harder and recognize their potential.

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Making Learning Meaningful and Lasting

Some of the best ways to make learning "stick" include connecting content with meaning, encouraging self-testing instead of rote memorization, and giving frequent, low-stakes assessments.

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Essential Habits of an Excellent Educator

As an educator, you are what you do, so establish a good workflow, make assessment a routine, and develop personal habits to sustain your excellence.

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The Common Core Debate: One Teacher Vs. The Experts

Perhaps the most authoritative voices on the Common Core's effectiveness should be those of veteran teachers with hands-on experience about how students learn.

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4 Lessons Learned From Common Core Implementation

Some effective ways for CCSS implementation include ongoing and embedded PD, clear connection to instruction, focusing on assessment rather than testing, and leveraging teacher leaders.

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Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

Explore an educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.

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13 Free Teacher Downloads for Back to School

All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference.

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Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, reinforcing his long-held belief that creativity can be taught and assessed, offers a PBL strategy for how to do just that.

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Grant Wiggins: Defining Assessment

Grant Wiggins, a nationally recognized assessment expert, shares his thoughts on performance assessments, standardized tests, and more.

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The Importance of Student Journals and How to Respond Efficiently

Educator and blogger Todd Finley on why student journals are an important tool for measuring comprehension. And he shares his favorite reflective writing formats and describe a labor-saving method of teacher response.

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4 Tips to Build Student Confidence

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson, recognizing that students get overwhelmed by unfamiliar material and choke up on assessments, offers four confidence-building strategies: verbalizing, brain dumps, non-linear thinking creativity.

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Embedding Assessment Throughout the Project (Keys to PBL Series Part 5)

Assessment can be integrated seamlessly into project-based learning. Find tools for measuring student understanding from the beginning to the end of a project.

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Four Free Assessment Apps for 1:1 Classrooms

Edutopia blogger and NYC educator Monica Burns highlights four free assessment apps that work great in 1:1 classrooms.

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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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Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning

This guide will inspire and expand your thinking about effective assessment for project-based learning. Tips are organized to follow the arc of a project: planning, launch into active learning, and then a culminating presentation. Reflection is the final...

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