Definitely not the average standardized tests….. Consortium schools in New York require students to complete academic tasks rather than tests to demonstrate college and career readiness. The teachers and sometimes the students create the tasks. They are graded based on a well developed rubric. Students have to be able to write about an issue making connections with text and other works of literature. The paper has to have a compelling argument or thesis and students have to support their argument in writing or orally. ?As a teacher of students with special needs, all students definitely have different strengths and weaknesses. I definitely feel like this type of assessment would level the playing fields.