George Lucas Educational Foundation

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.

  • 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.
    Mike Kaechele
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Research-Backed Science Curriculum

    Learning collaboratively through projects yields results for middle school students.
  • 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.
  • 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?"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 5 PBL Pitfalls to Avoid

    Project-based learning is powerful but complex, so we have solutions to some common problems teachers may encounter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PBL Pilot: Matching PBL With Traditional Grading

    Fifth grade teachers reflect on grading students in their PBL pilot program without traditional homework, while keeping parents informed and reconsidering the meaning of grades
  • 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.
  • Junior Historians at Work

    A fourth-grade teacher shares a project-based learning unit that incorporates social studies, literacy, math, and 21st-century skills.