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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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Homework: No Proven Benefits

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Making Learning Meaningful and Lasting

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3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

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Interactive Notebooks: No Special Hardware Required

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Article

Games in Education: Teacher Takeaways

Matt Farber shares his observations from the Games in Education symposium, where he learned about students as designers, assessment possibilities, and adaptive video games.

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Focus on the Process and Results Will Follow

Great sports coaches focus on player growth and development for the ultimate win. Educators can follow suit by focusing on student learning rather than test scores.

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Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool

It's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.

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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels is a system that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.

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A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 5

Learn about the advisory classes at Envision Schools where students talk about school or personal issues, work on action plans for tackling projects, and get help in a wide variety of areas.

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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks
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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.

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Using Exhibits as Assessment
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Using Exhibits as Assessment

Students at Normal Park Museum Magnet School create various types of museum-style exhibits to demonstrate their understanding of academic topics.

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Article

Tactics for Tackling the Grading Dilemma

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

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Criteria for Effective Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Andrew Miller from the Buck Institute shares some criteria for assessing project-based learning effectively.

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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks
Schools That Work

Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.

22 501 31,892 views
An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment
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An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment

Performance-based evaluation is a real-world improvement on the artificial measures of paper-and-pencil testing.

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Article

Meaningful Connections: Objectives and Standards

Math teacher and teaching strategist Karen Lea looks at meaningful ways to connect learning objectives with Common Core State Standards.

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Series Reading: Tracking, Rewarding, and Encouraging Literacy
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Series Reading Program: Creating a Culture of Reading

At Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, 100 percent of the fifth-grade students are meeting grade-level fluency standards in reading.

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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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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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