Synopses & Reviews
Tests don?t just test, they teach. In this book, Grant Wiggins outlines the design standards for performance-based assessments that promise students, no matter what their ability, clear and worthy performance targets, useful feedback, coaching, and the opportunity to progress toward excellence.
As practical as it is provocative, Educative Assessment furnishes the information needed to design performance-based assessments, craft performance tasks that meet rigorous educational standards, score assessments fairly, and structure and judge student portfolios. It also shows how performance assessment can be used to improve curriculum and instruction, grading and reporting as well as teacher accountability.
\x09In addition, the book includes numerous design templates and flowcharts, strategies of design and troubleshooting, and myriad examples of assessment tasks and scoring rubrics that Wiggins developed and repeatedly refined using feedback from clients in schools, districts, and state department of education.
Following the recommendations for educative assessment mapped out in this book can provide students with authentic tasks that simulate or replicate adult tasks and offer teachers and students useful feedback that can generate stellar classroom performance.
Wiggins makes the most convincing case yet that school-based assessment should aim mainly to improve, rather than to audit, student performance. Thanks to his penetrating discussions of feedback, the relationship of formal designs to practice, teaching for understanding, and rubrics, this book should dispel common misconceptions and elevate both the understanding and practice of authentic assessment?
—Fred M. Newmann, professor of curriculum and instruction, University of Wisconsin , Madison
Assessing Student Performance laid out the theoretical foundations of a new assessment system that provides a more authentic picture of student capabilities than standardized testing. In Assessment for Excellence, Grant Wiggins provides guidance on how to design performance-based assessments for use in the classroom. This book covers all aspects of assessment design, including how to craft performance tasks that meet rigorous educational standards, how to score assessments fairly, and how to structure and judge student portfolios. It also looks at how performance assessment can be used to improve curriculum and instruction, grading and reporting?and teacher accountability.
Learning expert Grant P. Wiggins advocates an approach to assessment that gives a more accurate picture of students' abilities than standardized testing. These new "performance-based" assessments force students to demonstrate their knowledge in complex projects, essays, oral presentations, and other such exhibitions. Wiggins claims this new approach to assessment can bring out the best in everyone in schools.
About the Author
GRANT WIGGINS is the president and director of programs for the Center for Learning, Assessment, and School Structure (CLASS), a non-profit educational research and consulting organization in Pennington, New Jersey. He is the author of Assessing Student Performance (Jossey-Bass)
Table of Contents
Educative Assessment: A Vision.
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF ASSESSMENT.
Ensuring Authentic Performance.
Providing Ongoing Feedback.
Promoting Student Understanding.
Standards and Criteria.
Individual Performance Tasks.
APPLICATIONS AND IMPLICATIONS.
Portfolio as Evidence.
Curriculum and Instruction.
Grading and Reporting.
Teaching and Accountability.
CHANGING THE SYSTEM.
Feasibility: Real and Imagined.