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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 Common Core, reach higher levels of achievement, and succeed in college, career and life.

Read the press release here. 

What are readers saying about this book?

“Long before the nation began discussing Common Core standards, Expeditionary Learning was working with thousands of educators to design learning targets that expressed clear, shared understanding for what students should know and be able to do. Let [this book] serve as your guide to Expeditionary Learning, a concept so successful but so simple that you will wonder aloud why it isn’t universally available for those kids who would benefit from it most.”
—From the foreword by Mike Johnston, Colorado State Senator

“Chockfull of examples, tips, and video illustrations, this masterful book achieves the remarkable feat of both being a practical how-to guide for how students, teachers, and school leaders can use student-led assessment, and a visionary argument for how we could invert the school reform pyramid and put students in charge of their own learning.”
—Jal Mehta, associate professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education; author, The Allure of Order 


“Leaders of Their Own Learning points the way toward a dramatically better system for assessing the skills that matter most and motivating our students to achieve mastery. This important book should be read by every parent, educator, and policy maker.”
—Tony Wagner, Harvard University; author, The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators


Featured Videos

Austin's Butterfly: Building Excellence in Student Work - Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback

Students Share Work that Matters with an Authentic Audience - Celebrations of Learning

Kindergarten Student-Led Conference


Featured Teacher Tools

Growth mindset

"Choice Words" by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frye

Mindset Works Resources

School and classroom culture

Creating a Culture of Achievement

School Climate at Capital City

Habits of scholarship

Assessing Character and Student Agency in EL Schools

Building Character and Student Agency: A Different Approach

Assessment for learning and formative assessment

Assessment for Learning Strategies

Formative Assessment: A Review of the Relative Research

Writing strong learning targets

EL's ELA Common Core Learning Targets

EL's Math Common Core Learning Targets

Learning Targets Rubric

Instructional techniques

Increasing Student Learning through Simultaneous Engagement

Instructional Techniques and Resources: ELA CCSS Curriculum, Grades 3-8

Data inquiry

Central Beliefs about Data Inquiry Teams in EL Schools

Implementation Rubric: Using Data Inquiry to Improve Student Achievement


Creating a Rubric with Students

Rubric Basics

High-quality student work

Assignment to Assessment

Creating High Quality Work in Expeditionary Learning Schools: Multiple Levels of Support


Protocols: ELA CCSS Curriculum, Grades 3-8

Communicating with families and other stakeholders

Communication & Assessment at the Odyssey School

Parent Post-Conference Reflection Homework—ANSER Charter School

Templates and forms for student use

Tracking My Learning (Primary)

Working Folder Quick Reference Guide

Sample handbooks and guidelines from schools

Harborside Academy Students: 10th Grade Passages

The Fitchburg Arts Academy: Student Led Conference Teacher Manual 2009-10

Sample report cards

Progress Report Explanation

Sample assessment plans

Target Assessment Planner

Standards-Targets-Assessment (STA) Plan

Other Publications from Expeditionary Learning

Common Core Literacy Booklets 

Practical guidance to help teachers and school leaders use the Common Core instructional shifts in literacy to deepen learning and raise achievement. The booklets (in draft form, pending publication) are on sale now in the EL online store: 

Unlocking the Power of Informational and Literary Texts

Reading for and Writing with Evidence  

Supporting all Students to Succeed with Complex Texts

$5 each

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Expeditionary Learning Core Practices: A Vision for Improving Schools

The Core Practices describe five dimensions that shape student achievement in schools: curriculum, instruction, assessment, culture and character, and leadership. Within each dimension, we have defined five to ten core practices that represent Expeditionary Learning's vision for transforming schools. 

Download the Core Practices.