Alternative assessment through exhibition

The Coalition of Essential Schools took the opportunity in late Spring (actually April-June) to showcase the potential of Student Exhibitions as a valid means of alternative assessment.

CES called it National Exhibition Month, and their efforts garnered the attention of Education Week, Edutopia magazine, several national and regional newspapers — and now us!

Teacher-blogger Dan Brown wrote about his enthusiasm for the idea in his outpost at The Huffington Post. We share Brown’s belief that: “This can work. These exhibitions represent high expectations, academic rigor, and real-world accountability.”

You can read about some of the exhibitions here and see a list of schools that participated. And here’s a video of students exhibiting at a Texas high school.

When it comes to challenging the assessment status-quo, actions speak louder.

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