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Free Resources and Tools for "Authentic" Assessment

New York's School of the Future shares their assessment plans and rubrics, classroom projects, schedules, web links, and other resources to help you implement "authentic" assessment today.

January 14, 2011
Six adults in the science lab classroom sitting around a table in discussion
Photo credit: Tom LeGoff
The key to innovations in assessment and curriculum planning are trust, transparency, and collaboration -- and providing the professional development and training teachers need to succeed.

Note: The School of the Future is part of a network of New York schools that develops and uses its own assessment techniques, referred to as DYOs. The school also uses Tasks on Demand, or unannounced assessments that do not provide supports for the students, in order to measure their learning at regular intervals.


Do Your Own (DYO) Assessment Examples, Rubrics, Data, and Data Analysis

Examples of criteria used in authentic assessment

Skills Spirals and Tracking Sheets

Ideas for moving curriculum into a circular pattern and tracking performance to expose students to a wide variety of topics over and over again as the material gets more challenging

SOF's Instuctional Tools for Teachers

Lesson planning guides, date-driven decision making tools, discussion protocols, and teacher observation forms

Tools for Developing a High School Humanities Project -- Persepolis

Rubrics, organizers, and lessons plans for a high school graphic novel project

Schedules and Other Resources


Websites and Readings


School Snapshot

School Of The Future

Grades 6-8 | New York City, NY
689 | Public, Urban
Per Pupil Expenditures
$5,000 per general ed student per the Fair Student Funding formula.
Free / Reduced Lunch
34% White
26% Hispanic
20% Black
18% Asian
2% English-language learners
 17% Individualized education programs

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