The Learning Record

Learning Record Credits

Informal White Papers

From the Web to Walden

Joy to the World

Roses, grasses, chicks, and children

An Open Assessment Manifesto

Other Links

Frequently-asked questions


Minimal Marking

Small multiples for tracking work

Sample grading criteria


Sources of Support


Contact Information

Fair Test: The National Center for Fair and Open Testing

Credits and Acknowledgments

The Learning Record™, on which Learning Record Online student assessment materials have been based, was originally administered by the Center for Language in Learning, located in El Cajon, California, now no longer in existence. The Learning Record was adapted with permission from the Primary Language Record (PLR), developed and copyrighted by the Centre for Language in Primary Education, Webber Row, London SE1 8QW. The PLR has been used in London elementary schools since 1985. The LR, had been used since 1988 in K-12 schools in California, New York, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Both centers collaborated to create the PLR/LR assessment system for classroom use and for public accountability.

Learning Record Online Development Team

Project Directors: M. A. Syverson, Darren Cambridge, Bill Wolff
Lead Architects: Darren Cambridge and Bill Holloway
Documentation: M. A. Syverson, Bill Wolff, Tracy Watts
Programmers: Darren Cambridge, Bill Holloway, Theodore W. Mills, and Nizar Noorani
User interface design: Ben Syverson, Theodore W. Mills, and Michael Gomez
System administrator: Ryan Starck

Teacher Pilot Testers
John Ruszkiewicz
Charles Nelson
Lisa Hernandez
Bill Wolff
Peg Syverson
Darren Cambridge

UT Dallas Composition Program, Cynthia Haynes, Director

Dickie Selfe, Michigan Technological University

The Learning Record Online reflects the contributions of a very large group of people. Among them are:

Dr. Myra Barrs, Sue Ellis, and Hillary Hester, Centre for Language in Primary Education

Dr. Mary A. Barr, Center for Language in Learning

Dr. John Slatin, Institute for Technology and Learning

The members of the Centre for Language in Primary Education, Webber Row, London

The members of the Core Development Group of the Learning Record, formerly called the California Learning Record

Students in Peg Syverson's graduate seminar, Coursebuilding for the Electronic Classroom

Students in Peg Syverson's composition courses, Computers and Writing, Controversies in Composition and Communication, Information Architecture, and Knowledge Ecologies

Instructors in the Computer Writing and Research Lab at the University of Texas at Austin



Pat Hutchings, Senior Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Richard Lariviere, Former Dean, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin
Barbara Cambridge, Vice-President for Programs, AAHE
Orlando Taylor, Dean of the Graduate School, Howard University
Alfie Kohn, author of Punished by Rewards and The Case Against Standardized Testing: Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools
Cynthia Haynes, Director of Composition, Clemson University
Dick Richardson, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

Funding Support

Support for the Learning Record Online project has been provided by:

  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Computer Aided Education and Technology Initiative, sponsored by DARPA
  • The Computer Writing and Research Lab, Division of Rhetoric and Composition, University of Texas at Austin
  • The Institute for Technology and Learning, University of Texas at Austin
  • The College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas
  • The Center for Language in Learning


  • The 2001 Technology Design Award, sponsored by McGraw Hill, presented at the 18th annual Computers and Writing Conference, May, 2001

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