George Lucas Educational Foundation

Performance Assessment

How well did your students learn? Find alternative ways to assess what they know and what they can do through the creation of authentic products and performances.

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A New Era for Student Assessment

Standardized assessments, even when they include open-ended questions and are performance-based, only give us part of the picture of a student's readiness for college and career success.

A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 3

Watch as one high school student is asked challenging questions from a panel as she defends her senior thesis and portfolio.

A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 4

The case is made for teachers to work together to calibrate assignment or project criteria so that every student is judged by the same standards and the same level of rigor.

Deeper Learning: Performance Assessment and Authentic Audience

Shawn Cornally explores ways of making assessment relevant to students and more useful to teachers.

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The Arbitrary Albatross: Standardized Testing and Teacher Evaluation

Teacher and author Aaron Pribble looks at the high toll of high-stakes testing and what it means for the teaching profession.

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What the NFL Scouting Combine Can Teach Us About Teacher Evaluation

Math teacher and coach Jose Vilson draws a parallel between how the NFL evaluates its players and how school districts should evaluate their teachers.

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Beyond the Edge of the Curriculum Map

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick considers how, instead of the traditional curriculum map, the open-ended sandbox game might be a better model for continuous learning.

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Deeper Learning: Authentic Student Assessment

Blogger Bob Lenz outlines how graduating seniors at his community of schools exhibit deeper learning through authentic, comprehensive assessment.

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Teaching Presentation Skills with Ignite

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller describes how Ignite, a clock-driven presentation method, offers students an exciting challenge.

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How Common Assessments Boost Accountability

Blogger Bob Lenz describes how teacher-designed common assessments create more accountability for both students and instructors.

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Deeper Learning: Performance Assessment and Authentic Audience

Teacher and writer Shawn Cornally explores the ways of making assessment relevant to students, and therefore more useful to teachers.

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Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.

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Differentiated Instruction Ignites Elementary School Learning
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Tech-Fueled Differentiated Instruction Engages Elementary School Students

At Forest Lake Elementary School, in Columbia, South Carolina, achievement has soared since educators started using new technology to personalize the learning experience for each student.

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Thinking Big About Engagement
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Thinking Big About Engagement

Even the smallest concepts become big enough to grasp in this middle school science class, where teacher Rob Olazagasti gives students opportunities to learn by creating, remember by experiencing, and show what they know by teaching.

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Making Sure They Are Learning
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Making Sure They Are Learning

Sticky notes coalesce into high-level analytical thinking in Sarah Kaufmann's 6th grade humanities class, where complex concepts are broken down into manageable pieces that help students master challenging assignments.

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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis, suggesting that effective assessment is built on students' strengths and interests, offers five forms of assessment that will help students retain content rather than forgetting material they no longer need.

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Performance-Based Assessment: Reviewing the Basics

Performance-based assessments share the key characteristic of accurately measuring one or more specific course standards. They are also complex, authentic, process/product-oriented, open-ended, and time-bound.

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Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning

Author Kevin Washburn looks at curiosity and how to inspire it in students through the questions we ask them.

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