Free Radicals- Article on alternative assessments in schools
Asking Questions that Count- Deeper questioning brings out deeper thinking.Test Taking Vocabulary- If students can't understand the language in the test questions, they probably won't do very well. Review with these tips.
Alternative Assessments- You've heard the phrase, now read the details.
Assessment Tools- Definitions of assessment tools
Assessment Folders- Keep track of an entire student's progress in this one folder. Assign each 'page' a subject, and put photocopies of tests in the prongs. When you need to have a parent/teacher conference or see the big picture with scores, pull out your folder!
Literacy Choice Assessments- This packet has a great set of choices for students to demonstrate their learning in all areas of literacy. Also great for centers.
Grade Tracker- I created this for my middle school students, and we would fill it out together each time I passed back an assignment (I had a running tally on an overhead). Having this filled out was part of their grade.
If you do need to give a standard test (ugh!), use this cartoon archive website to find fun comic strips that relate to the test topic. I found several funny Calvin and Hobbes strips that I would slip into math tests. It's fun to watch your students as they turn the page and chuckle.