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PBL Assessment

Has a project hit the standards? Is the product authentic? How is the presentation? Find models and share tips for how to best assess project-based learning activities.

  • A diverse group of four high school students collaborate at a table at Dayton STEM school

    Using Project-Based Learning to Prepare Students for Cutting-Edge Careers

    Hoping to prepare high school graduates to solve complex, real-world problems, an Ohio STEM school found answers in project-based learning.
    Sarah Gonser
    676
  • Illustration concept showing a hand repairing gears

    3 Common PBL Problems—and Solutions

    Ideas for how to overcome issues that teachers new to project-based learning frequently encounter.
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  • Two high school students working on a science project

    What to Do When a Project Fails

    When project-based learning doesn’t work out as planned, students can still master content—and teachers can learn something too.
    876
  • A class of students works in groups together in the library

    Project-Based Learning and the Research Paper

    Students take responsibility for their learning and develop solutions for complex problems when their research paper becomes a PBL unit.
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  • A teacher is talking to his student.

    How Should We Measure Student Learning? 5 Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

    Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning.
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  • A Research-Backed Science Curriculum

    A Research-Backed Science Curriculum

    Learning collaboratively through projects yields results for middle school students.
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  • Graphic of lightbulb

    Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

    Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.
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  • A young boy wearing a black, long-sleeve shirt and headphones has one arm extended next to his laptop, and the other hand is touching a remote control. In between his laptop and the remote control is a robotic device made out of plastic, metal, and wires.

    Going Gradeless: Student Self-Assessment in PBL

    By replacing student grades with an end-of-quarter conference, you can change that persistent question of "Will I be graded on this?" to "What can I do better?"
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  • A group of middle school students working together on a math project

    Guiding Students to Apply What They Learn

    A state Teacher of the Year used project-based learning to push her students to think critically and apply their learning in math.
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  • Three high-school teens are sitting next to each other on a couch, two girls on the left and a boy on the right. The girl in the middle has a laptop on her lap that they're all looking at.

    Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning

    Because PBL is about more than learning content, PBL teachers should investigate and experiment with multi-model strategies for assessing their students' learning skills.
    2.8k
  • Students work together on a circuitry project in class.

    5 PBL Pitfalls to Avoid

    Project-based learning is powerful but complex, so we have solutions to some common problems teachers may encounter.
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  • Middle school students working on science project in classroom.

    Standards-Based Assessment in PBL

    Incorporating standards-based grading into project-based learning is a challenge, but these four practices will help you get started.
    1.1k
  • Three students working together on a project

    PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work!

    There’s a tension between project-based learning and standardized testing prep, but also a wide swath of common ground.
    886
  • Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!

    Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, reinforcing his long-held belief that creativity can be taught and assessed, offers a PBL strategy for how to do just that.
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  • Three girls smiling behind a laptop

    A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

    Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.
    1.9k

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