Teachers Assess Differently: Capstone Projects with Public Demonstrations of Learning

When teachers design and run schools, they often assess students in ways that differ from the status quo. For example, teachers at Minnesota New Country School require capstone projects with public demonstrations of learning.

At Minnesota New Country School, for example, teachers have designed the high school learning program to require a capstone project each year. As students progress through the grade levels, the requirements for their capstone projects increase. Students propose their own projects, including assessment rubrics, which must be approved by an advisory team. Projects must include public demonstrations of learning.

To learn more, check out 2020-2021 Senior Project Standards describing the capstone requirements.

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