Student Work Sites
Student Work Web Sites
Many readers of Looking at
Student Work have asked for actual samples of student work to be posted.
This page provides links to web sites that post authentic samples of student
work, along with teacher and student commentary, information about instruction
and assessment criteria, etc.
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Active Learning Practices
for Schools (ALPS)
This is a Harvard Project
Zero project. If you enter the site and click on the "Look" button, you
get images of "What meaningful teaching and learning look like": nice
case studies of projects with images of student work and the assessment
of it. There's lots of other interesting information on the site, including
a curriculum building tool.
Making Teaching Public - Interactive Workshop Pasadena (CA) High
School teachers use a peer-observation process observing one another in
their classrooms, then meeting individually and in groups to offer feedback
as a way to improve teaching practice and student achievement. Includes
description, samples of student work, online activities, viewer activities,
of Chicago School Reform
The December 1999 issue features "Learning to teach better by examining
student work. A budding trend and the research behind it." The article
includes teacher stories, research findings, and examples of student
work. Most interesting of the student work are the samples of high-scoring,
typical and low-scoring student work from grade 6 writing, accompanied
by the assignments and teacher analysis.
A lively center for the exchange of ideas, information, and high quality
products related to Maine's goal of promoting learning toward clearly
defined and rigorous standards. Includes teacher developed assessments
with student work and teacher reflections posted.
This site features teacher assignments with benchmarked student work
samples and offers classroom-tested standards-based assessment materials.
Each of the following categories is keyed to national standards and
includes rubrics and annotated benchmark papers: Math, Science, Reading/Writing/Research,
Hoover Middle School
Teachers Examine Student Work
The history team at Hoover Middle School in Long Beach, California meets
weekly to scrutinize student work and their own lessons -- a process
that team leader Mary Massich describes as "the most powerful experience
in my professional life." On this Web page, read a story about the Hoover
team's work, listen in on an actual "critical friends" session, examine
the student work yourself, and review the Hoover teachers' tips for
other teachers who want to start their own collaborative groups.
New York State Academy
for Teaching and Learning
This website shows the samples of student work and assessment plans
(scoring guides, rubrics) of New York State teachers who volunteer to
participate in a peer review process. The learning experiences developed
by these teachers that are featured and stored at this website reflect
their professional dedication and commitment to improve the quality
of education for all students.
The Project Approach
This site includes a list of projects you can read about. For each project
you will find summary accounts together with pictures of the children
engaged in various activities. When the projects are first posted there
will just be text. Gradually pictures and samples of children's work
will be added along with teacher reflection and student comments. The
text is always written by the teacher who carried out the project and/or
a participant observer in the classroom.
Schools Around the
The Council for Basic Education's Schools
Around the World program collects student work in science and mathematics
from 9 countries/regions: Australia, Czech Republic, France, Germany,
Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Portugal, United Kingdom and United States. Focused
on professional develoment for teachers, this web site includes the
SAW protocol for looking at student work, on-line courses and special
See first and second grade student work created using content on the
web, teacher assessments, teacher profile and more. Featured on the
Two articles examine high-stakes testing from the perspective of the
students taking the tests and provide important insights into the assumptions
of policy makers regarding student motivation. Lots of student work
was looked at (now posted on the web site), by researchers, for very
interesting purposes. You have to register to view the articles but
it's simple and free.
1. What Can Student
Drawings Tell Us About High-Stakes Testing in Massachusetts?
Self-Portraits as Test-Takers: Variations, Contextual Differences,
and Assumptions about Motivation
The Web Project
Based in Vermont, "The WEB Project" has built models for online
learning, examples of which can be seen at the WEB
Exchange. Teachers, students, and mentors discuss student projects,
engage in dialogs about literature or public issues, and exchange information
across the state and around the world.
What did you do in
the war, Grandma?
An Oral History of Rhode Island Women during World War II, written by
students in the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School.
Includes interveiws of 26 women, with photos and audio, a great glossary
and timeline, as well as essays on "Teaching English via Oral History",
"It Was Everybody's War" and "Women and World War II."
What Story Does the
A Resource of Curricular
Units, Student Work, and Commentary
This publication is a tool to help teachers look at student work. The
work samples, accompanying commentary, and assessment tools featured
in this publication originate from students and teachers in Philadelphia
public school classrooms who have participated in the Philadelphia Education
Fund's Small Learning Community Mini-Grants program.