Assessment, evaluation, and documentation are essential to any teaching and learning process, and the way learning is documented and assessed directly influences what gets taught. Our re-imagination of assessment involves a number of “shifts” from traditional notions: assessment of process as well as product (when, what); teachers and students as protagonists in the assessment process (who); assessment driven by the most important goals we hold for students, whether numbers capture them or not (why); and assessment as a collective and relationship-building process (how, where).
 

BIG QUESTIONS

  • What does learning look like?
  • How can we reimagine assessment as a pivotal moment of learning? 
  • What are the characteristics of authentic or “effective” assessment?
  • How do we know if, what, and how students understand?
     

PZ PERSPECTIVES

  • Assessment is an episode of learning.
  • Schools spend too much time judging children and not enough time trying to help them.
  • Human beings differ from one another and there is absolutely no reason to teach and assess all individuals in an identical way.
    Students and teachers should be active protagonists in (not passive recipients of) the assessment process.
     
Book

Looking Together at Student Work: A Companion Guide to Assessing Student Learning

Published: 2015
This expanded second edition provides teachers and administrators with strategies and resources for working together to examine and discuss student work, such as essays,... Read more
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Teaching as Inquiry: Asking Hard Questions to Improve Practice and Student Achievement

Published: 2004
This book offers an engaging and effective approach to improving teacher and student learning. Based on the experiences of leading educational organizations, the authors... Read more
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Project Spectrum: Project Zero Frameworks for Early Childhood Education, Volume 2

Published: 1998
This curriculum resource will enable teachers in the early primary years to apply multiple intelligences theory in their own classrooms. It provides enriching activities in a... Read more
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Visible Learners: Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools

Published: 2013
Inspired by the innovative educational philosophy that originated in Reggio Emilia, a small city in Italy, Visible Learners offers research-based practices for fostering... Read more