George Lucas Educational Foundation

Standardized Testing

However you feel about them, standardized tests are integral to public education. Discover ways to prepare for, cope with, detox from, and even be creative with high-stakes assessments.

  • Standardized Testing

    A Game-Based Approach to Test Prep

    Tying fun goals to standardized test preparation helps students stay focused as they review several months’ worth of content.
  • PBL Assessment

    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.
  • Readers Weigh In

    Tips for Tackling Timed Tests and Math Anxiety

    You can’t make timed tests go away, but you can help make the stress more manageable for students.
  • Assessment

    3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

    Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
  • Common Core

    Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

    Explore an educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Brain-Based Strategies to Reduce Test Stress

    A neurologist shares ideas for beating stress before and during test time.
  • Mindfulness

    Teach Mindfulness, Invite Happiness

    Teaching students mindfulness can help them counteract the negative emotions and low self-esteem associated with a culture of standardized testing.
  • Assessment

    Play as a Test Prep Tool

    Use these games built around standardized tests to build engagement and fuel learning.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Resources and Tools for PBL Start to Finish

    Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.
  • Project-Based Learning

    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.
  • Standardized Testing

    Test Prep Doesn’t Have to Be Overwhelming

    Help your students use technology and build their confidence—and teach them to speak the tests’ language.
  • Assessment

    Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated?

    Guest blogger Denise Pope, senior lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, looks at the culture of desperation that encourages widespread student cheating and suggests five steps toward academic integrity in the classroom.
  • Assessment

    What Exactly Is "Understanding?" And How Do We Assess It?

    Blogger Terry Heick looks at the nebulous term "understanding" and how its many interpretations can make student assessment so difficult.
  • Assessment

    Understanding Assessment: Resources for Parents

    We've compiled a resources list to help families understand various uses of assessment in schools, what questions to ask, how to help children prepare, and all about standardized tests.
  • Assessment

    Criteria for Effective Assessment in Project-Based Learning

    Andrew Miller from the Buck Institute shares some criteria for assessing project-based learning effectively.