Ron Berger from EL Education demonstrates the transformational power of models, critique, and descriptive feedback to improve student work. Here he tells the story of Austin's Butterfly. First-grade students at ANSER Charter School in Boise, ID, helped Austin take a scientific illustration of a butterfly through multiple drafts toward a high-quality final product.

This video accompanies the book Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools through Student-Engaged Assessment.

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Core Practices in Action: Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback

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This collection of videos accompanies EL Education's 2015 book, Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools through Student-Engaged Assessment. Student-Engaged Assessment ignites the capacity of students to take responsibility for their own learning,…


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This collection of videos accompanies EL Education's 2015 book, Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools through Student-Engaged Assessment. Student-Engaged Assessment ignites the capacity of students to take responsibility for their own learning, building the independence, critical thinking skills, perseverance, and self-reflective understanding they need to meet the demands of the new standards, reach higher levels of achievement, and succeed in college, career and life. Click the links below to see videos associated with specific aspects of student-engaged assessment.

Learning Targets
Core Practices in Action: Learning Targets
Checking for Understanding
Core Practices in Action: Checking for Understanding
Using Data with Students
Core Practices in Action: Using Data with Students
Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback
Core Practices in Action: Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback
Student-Led Conferences
Core Practices in Action: Student-Led Conferences
Celebrations of Learning
Core Practices in Action: Celebrations of Learning
Passage Presentations with Portfolios
Core Practices in Action: Passage Presentations with Portfolios
Standards-Based Grading
Core Practices in Action: Standards-Based Grading

To get back to the main student-engaged assessment channel go to: Core Practices in Action: Student-Engaged Assessment

To get back to the main Core Practices in Action channel go to: Core Practices in Action

Interested in more information about EL Education's publications and videos? Contact Libby Woodfin at lwoodfin@eleducation.org.

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  • Ann Lemmer

    I love the ideas her, especially the standards based grading. How does it translate into a GPA? What level is a 4 (A+?) and a 3 (B?), etc? Is the report card standards based, too?

    by Ann Lemmer

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