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Student Success Redefined

Student Success Redefined

It’s not about a test score, it’s about taking ownership of the learning journey

Imagine all the people Living life in peace You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one. --John...
Author: Jennifer Ingold
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Four Problems with "Show Me What You Know"

Four Problems with "Show Me What You Know"

Assessing student knowledge with meaningful, equitable, and student-centered approaches

Some teachers argue that to make assessment as personalized and inclusive as possible, we should just tell students to show us what they know about a given topic or process. For example, if they just studied...
Author: Lauren Porosoff
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Upsetting the Apple Cart Not Always a Bad Thing

Upsetting the Apple Cart Not Always a Bad Thing

Pandemic challenges to schools provide opportunities to invigorate and transform instruction and assessment

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." --Maya Angelou Blank stares fill the conference room, frustration palpable. "There's no way to do this. Some students are just not going to learn...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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The Dos and Don'ts of Creating Meaningful Assessments

The Dos and Don'ts of Creating Meaningful Assessments

Designing assessments to analyze teaching and learning

One of the most frustrating parts of teaching for me has been assessments. There have been so many times when I've felt success in learning with my students throughout a unit only to realize they haven't learned what...
Author: Shayna Cooke
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Digital Portfolios

Digital Portfolios

Collecting student work to keep track of and reflect on accomplishments

Recently, I offered a workshop in my district to teachers interested in creating digital portfolios of student work. My initial focus for the presentation was the digital concept of portfolios, but as I made my way...
Author: Kerry MacDonald
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Diving into Standards-Based Learning

Diving into Standards-Based Learning

Essential steps to developing a standards-based classroom

For too long, assessment has been something that is done to learners, and not with learners. Assessment has the power to build confidence, increase hope, and develop strong, reflective learners when used correctly....
Author: Mandy Stalets
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It's Not About a Trophy for All

It's Not About a Trophy for All

Making sure every student has a fair opportunity to demonstrate academic proficiency

Evaluating student performance using progressive assessment practices seems to have some people misled regarding its purpose. As my district has moved towards standards-based reporting of student progress, we find...
Author: Perry A. Finch
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ReTooling Rubrics

ReTooling Rubrics

Listening to sixth graders to shape positive outcomes for the use of rubrics

With the demand for increased accountability in education today, we must select the most effective assessment approaches to use with our students. Rezaei and Lovorn's article, "Reliability and Validity of Rubrics for...
Author: Julie Quast, Angela Stanford
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Redefining the End Goal

Redefining the End Goal

Seven ways educators can help students look beyond grades

"There's no way I'm taking honors biology next year," Katie told me. "It's going to wreck my GPA." She was in eighth grade and contemplating the high school course options. I knew Katie collected insects for fun...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Renewing Our Dedication to Assessing for Learning

Renewing Our Dedication to Assessing for Learning

Assess with a commitment to compassion, collaboration, and the goal of helping students succeed

It's easy to become jaded about assessment, but I'm going to offer a different view that will hopefully make assessment a tool for learning instead of just an after-the-fact event. We can't always control all of the...
Author: Amber Chandler
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