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Assessment Overview

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What Is Assessment?

Assessment involves the use of empirical data on student learning to refine programs and improve student learning.

This article from Westminster College looks at the different definitions of assessment and the different ways assessment is implemented.

Why is Assessment Important?

Louise Yarnall of SRI International answers the question of why assessment is important in education.

Assessment is more than just recalling facts and dates, but ensuring the ability to perform complex processes needed to be a member of the community.

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Assessment and Testing News

Get the latest news about assessment, including articles, commentary, and special features, at Education Week.

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Strategies to enhance student self-assessment

This article from Australia offers a number of ways student self-assessment can be implemented and improved.

Ideas include reflection activities, student-lead and three-way conferences, rubrics, graphic organizers, learning targets and time management.

Self-Assessment: Reflections from Students and Teachers

What is student-centered student self-assessment? No, it's not the students grading their own tests and giving everyone A's.

What does it look like in the classroom? Do students and teachers find it useful and effective?

Watch as students and teachers from IS 223 in Brooklyn, NY explain self-assessment and reflect on their experiences using self-assessment in the classroom.

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The Nation's Report Card

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, first administered in 1969, is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation's students know and can do in subjects such as mathematics, reading, science, and writing.

The results are available for the nation, states, and in some cases, urban districts, and are used by many to assess progress and develop ways to improve education in the United States.

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National Assessment Governing Board

The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan organization that oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as The Nation's Report Card.

You will find assessment standards in language arts, math, science, and diverse topics in history.

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