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GPS for Test Prep: Which Route Do You Take?

GPS for Test Prep: Which Route Do You Take?

Effective test prep means understanding the test as well as the content.

"Assuming that the street is level, what should you do after you have finished parallel parking in a space between two other cars?" This is a practice question on the New York State DMV website for the written...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Topics: Assessment
Ensuring Valid, Effective, Rigorous Assessments

Ensuring Valid, Effective, Rigorous Assessments

How can you ensure your assessments provide accurate feedback?

What's the best way to assess students' learning? During the past several years, we have developed a process that help us ensure we are using valid, effective, and rigorous assessments with our students—a...
Author: Nimisha H. Patel, David L. Herick
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Topics: Assessment
What Have Rubrics Got To Do With It?

What Have Rubrics Got To Do With It?

It's time to put your traditional rubrics aside and change the way students learn.

In today's assessment-focused education system, we must change the ways we assess students. Our focus should be on changing our classrooms into environments that are focused on learning with support from teacher...
Author: April Zawlocki
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Understanding Assessment Changes Everything

Understanding Assessment Changes Everything

A commitment to understanding assessment for learning changed this school's culture.

Much of today's conversations around assessment include discussions about standards-based grading. Missing from this dialogue have been anecdotes about schools that have successfully made the transition from...
Author: Elizabeth Hancock, Lindsay Kilgore, Andrew Maxey
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Topics: Assessment

Calling for a "Timeout" on Rubrics and Grading Scales

We've been rubricizing everything students create these days: writing, reading comprehension, artwork, math problems, science labs, online practice, physical skills, collaboration, and even their degree of empathy for...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Assessment
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Helping Students Understand the Rigors of Assessment Text

Helping Students Understand the Rigors of Assessment Text

When students truly understand the question, they are better able to share their knowledge.

Whether your state uses Common Core or its own standards, your students must be able to tackle rigorous text on their assessments—especially given the fact that both ACT and SAT use advanced rigor in text and...
Author: Ruby K. Payne
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Topics: Assessment
Using Formative Assessments to Individualize Instruction and Promote Learning

Using Formative Assessments to Individualize Instruction and Promote Learning

Like most terms in education, assessment brings to mind a wide range of conceptions and emotions. Today the trend toward using summative testing for accountability points out the disparate understandings of...
Author: Juliann M. Kaftan, Gayle A. Buck, Alysa Haack
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Patient and Tenacious Teaching

In the race to complete reports that prove the immediate value-added measures of our teaching, we’ve lost sight of one of the most powerful teaching tools we have: patience. Teacher patience is the heart of...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Listening to the Data

Listening to the Data

Students are talking to you through their assessments. Are you listening?

Teaching and assessing today’s students is just not the way it used to be. Why? Because the students are not the way they used to be. To be effective educators, we need to consider the students who sit in our...
Author: Bobb Darnell
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Beyond Today's Assessments

For years, teachers have rightly complained that tests encourage them to focus on a narrow set of knowledge and skills rather than the broader set of abilities they know their students need. Now, however, the testing...
Author: Bob Wise
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Topics: Assessment
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