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.
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
Example of a DYO Task for a Sixth Grade Science Microscope Observation Exercise
Narrative Analysis of the Data Collected from a DYO in Sixth Grade Science
Examples of DYO Tasks on Demand for Ninth Grade Language Arts
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
Middle School Humanities Department PowerPoint which Analyzes Mid-Year Data and Tracks Trends to Inform Teaching in the Current School Year
Instructional Strategies to Support Individual, Partner, Small Group and Whole Group Work
Instructional Strategies that Promote Student Thinking and Give Teachers Time to Observe Student Understanding
Tools for Developing a High School Humanities Project -- Persepolis
Rubrics, organizers, and lessons plans for a high school graphic novel project
Habits of Mind: The Questions Intelligent Thinkers Ask that Help Them Solve Problems and Make Decisions
Sample Graphic Novel Lesson Plan with a Focus on Visual Analysis
Sample Graphic Novel Lesson Plan with a Focus on the Summative Accountable Talk
Schedules and Other Resources
Websites and Readings
Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom Lisa Delpit (2006) The New Press
"Thinking Algebraically: Promoting Rigorous Mathematics for All Students" (2008) NEA Policy Brief
The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons from a Small School in Harlem Debbie Meier (1996) Beacon Press
Assessing Writers Carl Anderson (2005) Heinemann
School Of The Future
Enrollment689 | Public, Urban
Per Pupil Expenditures$5000 per general ed student per the Fair Student Funding formula.
Free / Reduced Lunch40%
2% English-language learners
17% Individualized education programs
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