How to evaluate learning without test scores

07/8/2010 | Washington Post, The

Education columnist and blogger Jay Mathews looks at alternative criteria used by a coalition of 28 small public high schools in New York state to evaluate student learning through performance-based assessments, including "an analytic literary essay" and "an original science experiment," according to a report. Students are evaluated by teachers and outside evaluators. Mathews cites data that shows the schools had a lower dropout rate, a higher college-going rate and better attendance than New York City high schools, an achievement that he says is worth noticing.

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