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Krachman, Sara Bartolino; LaRocca, Robert; Gabrieli, Christopher – Educational Leadership, 2018
In addition to excelling in subjects such as science, math, arts, and social studies, students must also develop skills like resiliency, adaptability, and collaboration in order to truly succeed in the world. But how do schools effectively measure those skills when they so often rely on standardized assessments? This article provides a thorough…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Social Development, Emotional Development
Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas; Hattie, John – Educational Leadership, 2018
For students, the authors argue, the ability to assess their own learning--that is, to actively understand their own progress and trajectory--can have a significant impact on achievement levels. The authors discuss factors associated with "assessment-capable learners" and offer examples of how to foster such characteristics in classrooms.
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Academic Achievement
Stiggins, Rick – Educational Leadership, 2018
Stiggins says that, to build better assessment systems, educators and education leaders need more opportunities to learn the basic principles of sound assessment practice. He lays out what he views as the fundamental elements of assessment literacy.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Educational Principles, Educational Practices, Fundamental Concepts
Guskey, Thomas R. – Educational Leadership, 2018
Exactly what is a pre-assessment, and how are they best used? In this article, Thomas R. Guskey explores the theoretical underpinnings of pre-assessments and provides an overview of the research. He also details the three forms that pre-assessments take: prerequisite, present, and preview.
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, Evaluation Methods, Prior Learning, Student Evaluation
Wren, Doug; Cashwell, Amy – Educational Leadership, 2018
The author describes how Virginia Beach City Public Schools developed a performance assessment that they administer to all 4th graders, 7th graders, and high school students in the district. He describes lessons learned about creating good performance tasks and developing a successful scoring process, as well as sharing tools connected to this…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Performance Based Assessment, Student Evaluation, Grade 4
Tinley, Tracey – Educational Leadership, 2018
Pre-assessments at the start of teaching new content yielded information on what her students knew and might need, this math teacher found, but led many students to get nervous at a unit's beginning. To gauge students' understandings about math in a more inviting, stress-free way, she simply gave them drawings of protractors and asked "What…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Visual Aids, Pretests Posttests
Jung, Lee Ann – Educational Leadership, 2018
What is Goal Attainment Scaling? In this article, Lee Ann Jung defines it as a way to measure a student's progress toward an individualized goal. Instead of measuring a skill at a set time (for instance, on a test or other assignment), Goal Attainment Scaling tracks the steps a student takes over the course of a year in a targeted skill. Together,…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Achievement Gains, Achievement Rating, Progress Monitoring
McCrann, John R. Troutman – Educational Leadership, 2018
John R. Troutman McCrann, a math educator and teacher leader at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City, writes that teachers' autonomy to design and assess student learning has been siphoned away. In this article, he makes an argument for why assessment should be left in the hands of those who know students and standards…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Evaluation Methods, Performance Based Assessment
Cassie, Jonathan – Educational Leadership, 2018
Games can be great tools to engage reluctant learners and provide ongoing feedback to educators about how their lessons are "sticking." Cassie discusses how to use gamified formative assessments to measure different kinds of skills and looks at the different ways teachers can use games in the classroom--from out-of-the-box board games to…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
McTighe, Jay – Educational Leadership, 2018
The author examines three essential questions on educational assessment: What really matters in a contemporary education? How should we assess those things that matter? How might our assessments enhance learning that matters, not just measure it? In answering these question, he argues that schools need a broader collection of measures, with a…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Educational Assessment, Performance Based Assessment, Student Evaluation
Harvey, James – Educational Leadership, 2018
New research sheds light on the claim that U.S. students' achievement lags behind that of students worldwide. This research reveals a paradox: While large amounts of U.S. students who take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) fail to meet its Proficient benchmarks in reading and math, when students' results on NAEP are…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Reading Achievement
Feldman, Jo – Educational Leadership, 2018
Have teachers become too dependent on points? This article explores educators' dependency on their points systems, and the ways that points can distract teachers from really analyzing students' capabilities and achievements. Feldman argues that using a more subjective grading system can help illuminate crucial information about students and what…
Descriptors: Grading, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Criteria, Achievement Rating
Schiro, Theodora – Educational Leadership, 2018
After her son died by suicide, Theodora Schiro vowed to raise awareness and teach others about depression and suicide. In this article, Schiro (a former teacher and principal) explains how educators can detect warning signs, devise preventative programs, and fight the stigma associated with suicide.
Descriptors: Suicide, Prevention, At Risk Persons, Intervention
Titone, Connie; feldman, erin; DeRosato, Marie – Educational Leadership, 2018
Mindfulness practice has increasingly been shown to provide a powerful method of addressing the mental health needs of young people. In this article, teacher-researchers discuss a mindfulness experiment in a high school English language arts classroom. Students practiced meditation and other mindfulness activities and were surveyed to see how…
Descriptors: Metacognition, High School Students, Language Arts, Student Surveys
Sehgal, Priya; Jeffries, Julia; Rappaport, Nancy – Educational Leadership, 2018
In a time marked by racial divides, the authors of this article argue that teachers are on the front lines of identifying and responding to race-related stress in the classroom. They provide suggestions for how teachers can educate themselves about students' racialized experiences and respond appropriately to support students' mental health.
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Racial Differences, Student Needs, Mental Health
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