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A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Assessment: Understanding and Using Assessment to Improve Student Learningby Susan M Butler
Synopses & Reviews
A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Assessment is a comprehensive guide that shows step-by-step how to effectively integrate assessment into the classroom. Written for both new and seasoned teachers, this important book offers a practical aid for developing assessment skills and strategies, building assessment literacy, and ultimately improving student learning.
Based on extensive research, this book is filled with illustrative, down-to-earth examples of how classroom assessment works in classrooms where assessment drives the instruction. The authors present the Classroom Assessment Cycle—clarifying learning targets, collecting assessment evidence, analyzing assessment data, and modifying instruction based upon assessment data—that demonstrates how one assessment action must flow into the next to be effective. Each chapter details the kinds of assessment evidence that are the most useful for determining student achievement and provides instruction in the analysis of assessment data.
While the major focus in this book is on how to design quality performance tasks and scoring guides, the book also provides guidance on setting standards-based learning targets, analyzing assessment data, and using instructional strategies to provide effective feedback to students. In addition, A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Assessment also covers portfolios, rubrics, checklists, grading practices, and issues of high-stakes testing.
"A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Assessment translates research into proven classroom strategies that will help any classroom teacher improve student learning. It is a must-read for educators facing state and/or federal accountability."
—Patricia Schenck, district office administrator, Bay District, Panama City, Florida
"At a time when educational reform on a global scale calls for understanding of assessment practices that enhance student learning, this guide should be in every teacher's hands, in every administrator's mind. Some books merely provide information for educators; this book changes behaviors."
—Helen M. Parke, manager, research and development,Cisco Learning Institute
"This book is an excellent tool for any educator or school system whose mission is the success of each of their students. Status quo will no longer do, and educators will find useful information, suggestions, and motivation in a very usable, easily understood manner. The authors have addressed problems of assessment and evaluations and different learning styles superbly."
—Eva C. Martens, president,Fairview, Oklahoma Board of Education
"What a powerful book to bring an understanding of assessment to the classroom teacher. This book is a must-read for any educator ready to 'bump up' their practices in the classroom."
—Hope Reagan, educational consultant and former teacher, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Book News Annotation:
Aimed at both new and more experienced teachers, this practical text describes the essential components of classroom assessment practices and explains how their implementation can enhance student learning. Twelve chapters address such topics as selecting assessment methods, creating useful scoring guides, analyzing results, and using assessment to motivate students. The authors (both SERVE Regional Educational Laboratory) developed the material while conducting professional development sessions on assessment with some 7,000 educators. Jossey-Bass is an imprint of Wiley. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
While the major focus in this book is on how to design quality performance tasks and scoring guides, the book also provides guidance on setting standards-based learning targets, analyzing assessment data, and using instructional strategies to provide effective feedback to students. In addition, "A Teacher’ s Guide to Classroom Assessment" also covers portfolios, rubrics, checklists, grading practices, and issues of high-stakes testing.
Following a practical approach, this book focuses on educational assessment as it is practiced today, in the actual world of classrooms, school systems, state departments, and national organizations. It first covers the basic concepts applicable to all types of assessment: statistical concepts, reliability, validity, and interpretive frameworks. Then it explores the preparation of teacher-made tests, standardized tests, and other important areas such as grading, legal issues, and evaluating one's own teaching.
Using a jargon-free, reader-friendly conversational style and flexible format, the new edition continues to equip teachers-in-training with practical assessment strategies for today's challenges in measuring student progress. This revision includes practical, balanced, and integrated coverage of the many implications of the important and controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. It thoughtfully applies traditional and innovative (e.g., performance and portfolio) assessment practices to help teachers prepare themselves and their students for optimal performance on high-stakes (and high-pressure!) tests. The text also helps teachers contribute to valid, day-day assessment of student progress and develop valid alternative assessments and accommodations appropriate for special education students now included in regular classrooms. Also includes PRAXIS test preparation scenarios and questions that address the use of objective and essay test items to measure higher-order thinking, and the creative and motivational use of performance and portfolio assessments. Text website offers streaming video of the Joint Committee of Testing Practices' The ABCs of School Testing.
About the Author
Thomas P. Hogan teaches in the Education and Psychology Departments of the
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. An Introduction to Contemporary Educational Testing and Measurement.
Chapter 2. "High-Stakes" Testing.
Chapter 3. The Purpose of Testing.
Chapter 4. Norm- and Criterion-Referenced Tests and Content Validity Evidence.
Chapter 5. Measuring Learning Outcomes.
Chapter 6. Writing Objective Test Items.
Chapter 7. Writing Essay and Higher Order Test Items.
Chapter 8. Performance-Based Assessment.
Chapter 9. Portfolio Assessment.
Chapter 10. Administering, Analyzing, and Improving the Written Test.
Chapter 11. Marks and Marking Systems.
Chapter 12. Summarizing Data and Measures of Central Tendency.
Chapter 13. Variability, the Normal Distribution, and Converted Scores.
Chapter 14. Correlation.
Chapter 15. Validity Evidence.
Chapter 16. Reliability.
Chapter 17. Accuracy and Error.
Chapter 18. Standardized Tests.
Chapter 19. Types of Standardized Tests.
Chapter 20. Assessing Children With Disabilities in the Regular Classroom: A Growing Need.
Chapter 21. Methods to Assess Children With Disabilities in Regular Education Classrooms.
Chapter 22. In the Classroom: A Summary Dialogue.
Appendix A: Math Skills Review.
Appendix B: Preparing for the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment.
Appendix C: Determining the Median When There are Multiple Tied Scores.
Appendix D: Pearson Product-Moment Correlation.
Appendix E: Statistics and Measurement Texts F: Answers for Practice.
Appendix F: Answers for Practice Questions.
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