Real-World Assessments, Personalized Learning
Its time to make 21st century learning the standard in all classrooms. Performance assessments are associated with increases in teachers’ expectations and student achievement; automated scoring provides near-instant feedback that helps students to target their efforts and teachers to plan appropriate lessons.
Current Research Project
Assessment as a Learning Tool
The Center is exploring ways to provide students with immediate, continuous feedback on their writing, reading, and math performance during instruction. For example, our researchers are currently working with a school district in Georgia to develop scenario-based performance tasks that integrate standards from multiple content areas, such as math and social studies, and can be scored automatically.
Classrooms, districts and states all can be described as systems at different levels... Read More
New standards for learning in English language arts, math and science require students to master a range of complex skills that previously had been given less emphasis. This requires a similar shift in assessments: multiple choice questions that require students to simply recall information they’re likely to soon forget will need to be replaced or augmented with more complex test items. Paul Nichols, a Principal Research Scientist with the Research & Innovation Network’s Center for NextGen Learning and Assessments is researching how to make sure new assessments are aligned with new standards... Read More