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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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Teacher working with students Overview

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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The Problem with Standards-Based Grading

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Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

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The Problem with Standards-Based Grading

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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Providing Feedback

Discover research-based strategies for providing valuable, actionable feedback throughout the learning process.

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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Setting Goals

An important first step in effective comprehensive assessment is to set challenging, meaningful learning goals with multifaceted criteria for success.

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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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Comprehensive Assessment Research Review: Avoiding Pitfalls

Avoid these common mistakes so you can help ensure a comprehensive assessment process that is effective for both you and your students.

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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

To assess maker projects in your class, begin with a three-part rubric to guide students through process, understanding, and product.

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What's the Point of Assessment?

For meaningful, effective assessment, teachers must clarify expectations, differentiate to ensure student success, and make the test less of a statement about their teaching.

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Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments

Children love telling stories, and these apps will keep them creatively engaged, as well as providing means for assessing and sharing their products.

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Keeping Assessment Relevant and "Authentic"
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Keeping It Relevant and "Authentic"

Mistakes become learning opportunities in Ben Mook's 7th grade Algebra class. To assess his students, Mook challenges them to solve real life problems, and emphasizes their thought processes over getting the right answers.

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Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenges of Assessment

Katherine Piper offers three standards of assessment for individual student participation in PBL teams.

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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

To assess maker projects in your class, begin with a three-part rubric to guide students through process, understanding, and product.

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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning
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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning

You can't tear students at Newsome Park Elementary School away from their schoolwork when it involves in-depth investigations with real-world applications.

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Debunking Homework Myths

Check out these homework myths one teacher debunked and the strategies he used to successfully engage his students in homework.

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Big Thinkers: Linda Darling-Hammond on Becoming Internationally Competitive

Stanford University professor and noted researcher Linda Darling-Hammond discusses what the United States can learn from high-achieving countries on teaching, learning, and assessment.

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Tactics for Tackling the Grading Dilemma

Try these tips for helping teachers manage those stacks of student homework and classwork.

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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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