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December 2013

Eight Big Ideas about Assessment and Grading: Putting the Focus Back on Learning

I first became aware of the power of big ideas in an [...]

Restoring Peer and Self-Assessment

In 2007, Elaine Brouwer unpacked some important ideas on assessment in the [...]

Assessment Obsession and Evaluation Idolization

When educational policy makers first caught assessment fever from the business world [...]

Shifting from the “Bucket-o-Points” to “Big Ideas” Assessment

The idea of assigning a letter as a way to measure student [...]

Developing Self-Assessment through Project-Based Learning

Well-developed self-assessment skills are not only a vital tool for improving student [...]

Effective Assessment Practices: Tools that Lead to Learning

As long as there have been schools, teachers have been in the [...]

Assessment, Evaluation, and Gardens

“I remember the first time that a grading rubric was attached to [...]

A Little Box of Leadership

This semester, our students, funded by a state grant, have been asked [...]

Assessment Practices: Encouraging or Damaging?

Our discussion for this month began with the following prompt from John [...]

Grading for Dummies, or A Confederacy of Rubrics

Dressed in a three-piece, charcoal gray pinstriped suit, Rex Kane squirmed in [...]