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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 Should We Measure Student Learning? 5 Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

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Inspiring Progress Toward Learning Goals

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7 Steps to Becoming a Data-Driven School

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Help! Assessment in Classrooms with Tech Integration

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Performance-Based Assessment: Making Math Relevant
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Performance-Based Assessment: Making Math Relevant

In Hampton High's Disaster Relief Mission, math students role-play air traffic controllers and pilots to assess their skills in a performance-based simulation.

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Performance-Based Assessment: Engaging Students in Chemistry
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Performance-Based Assessment: Engaging Students in Chemistry

In Hampton High's PBA Chemistry Research Project, students create a model of their compound, produce a video about it, and defend it in a debate.

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Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding
Schools That Work

Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding

Whether it's an app or a piece of paper, exit tickets are quick, ungraded assessments of how you're teaching and what students need from you next.

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Value-Added Measures (VAMs) and Instructor Effectiveness: Unpacking the Debate

To better understand the debate about tying teacher effectiveness to student test performance, look at the VAMs system and how it is used.

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Replacing Filler in Special Education Documents

Special education teachers can better serve their students by recording challenges and progress with accurate data, measurable goals, and explicit anecdotes.

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Inspiring Progress Toward Learning Goals

By teaching students to monitor their thinking during learning by setting goals, applying strategies, reflecting, and adjusting, teachers will help them improve their learning ability.

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New Teachers: A Primer on Assessment

n this guide for new teachers, learn about different types of assessment and how they can be used to provide feedback to learners and inform instruction.

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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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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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Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

Have students take responsibility for their grades and behavior by strategically offering opportunities to redo assignments, retake tests, and reflect on their performance.

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Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding
Schools That Work

Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding

Whether it's an app or a piece of paper, exit tickets are quick, ungraded assessments of how you're teaching and what students need from you next.

17 438 52,648 views
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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)
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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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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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