George Lucas Educational Foundation

School Of The Future

Grades 6-8 | New York City, NY

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.
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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.

Resources On This Page:


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

Examples of criteria used in authentic assessment

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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

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SOF's Instuctional Tools for Teachers

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

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Tools for Developing a High School Humanities Project -- Persepolis

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

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Schedules and Other Resources


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Websites and Readings


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Nathan's picture

I like the DYO tools, especially the rubrics and the data driven instruction concept. The importance of criterion-referenced assessment feedback for informing instruction needs to be promoted as widely as possible in school systems. It isn't punitive. Its core focus is individualised learning and development, the way it should be.

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