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Performance Assessment

How well did your students learn? Find alternative ways to assess what they know and what they can do through the creation of authentic products and performances.

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    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.
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    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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    Intrinsic Motivation vs. Standardized Tests

    Low standardized test scores are a reflection of being uninspired, not unknowledgeable. Teach your students how to care, lose their fears, and identify and overcome their obstacles.
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    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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  • An young girl with rainbow-knitted headphones is sitting at a table with her female teacher. They're both looking at a long, thin sheet of paper, and the young girl is holding the tip of the pencil against the paper, pointing at something.

    6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

    Reflecting on learning and student voice and choice are core elements of project-based learning, and they’re also key to differentiation.
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    Performance-Based Assessment: Reviewing the Basics

    Performance-based assessments share the key characteristic of accurately measuring one or more specific course standards. They are also complex, authentic, process/product-oriented, open-ended, and time-bound.
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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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    Strategies for Reaching Quiet, Disengaged, Struggling, and Troublemaking Students

    Not every student benefits from in-class participation, immediate answers, inflexible grading, or harsh consequences. Learn the nuances for those requiring deeper recognition and a lighter touch.
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    5 Strategies to Ensure Student Learning

    After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.
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  • Two young kids are walking away from the camera along a gravel path with tall grass and trees on both sides. They're both wearing jeans and sweatshirts and one of them is wearing a beanie.

    How Do We Measure Social and Emotional Learning?

    Those concise assessments about social-emotional skills and character on the back of a report card can become valuable talking points between schools, parents, and students.
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  • 3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

    When one school switched from traditional to standards-based grading, they saw positive changes in mindset, assessments, and communication -- but there's still room for improvement.
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    Timely Feedback: Now or Never

    Feedback is necessary for learning. Be prompt, kind, and specific, and give students opportunities to reflect before revising.
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    The 5 Keys to Successful Comprehensive Assessment in Action

    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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  • 4 Tips to Build Student Confidence

    Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson, recognizing that students get overwhelmed by unfamiliar material and choke up on assessments, offers four confidence-building strategies: verbalizing, brain dumps, non-linear thinking creativity.
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  • Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

    Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.
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