Synopses & Reviews
This multiple award-winning book is the leading book for assessment courses that focus squarely on how to assess students in classrooms. Showing how to use assessment to accurately reflect student achievement AND how to benefit–not merely grade–student learning, the book examines the full spectrum of assessment topics, from articulating targets, through developing quality assessments and communicating results effectively.
A Concise, Focused Presentation of Key Concepts and Skills
- Key concepts and skills are highlighted and presented with exceptional clarity, helping teachers identify what they really need to understand to effectively develop and use assessment in classrooms.
A Practical, Hands-On Approach
- A wealth of hands-on practice activities integrated throughout the book provide clear guidance on how to construct all types of assessments while explaining better than any other book what kinds of achievement each type can and cannot assess.
- Time and Energy Saversprovide specific procedural suggestions to help prospective teachers make the most efficient use of their time.
- Real-world case studies depicting classroom assessment dilemmas provide opportunities to apply chapter content to find solutions.
- Examples of unsound assessments give future teachers practice in improving assessments.
- Examples of high-quality assessments are provided for teachers to learn from.
This multiple award-winning presentation is the leading book for assessment that focuses on showing teachers how to develop assessments that accurately reflect student achievement AND how to use those assessments to benefit-- not merely grade-- student learning. It examines the full spectrum of assessment topics, from articulating targets, through developing quality vehicles, to communicating results effectively-- with an exceptionally strong focus on integrating assessment with instruction through student involvement. Throughout the material, a variety of hands-on practice activities provide clear guidance on how to construct all types of assessments while explaining-- better than any other book-- what kinds of achievement each type can and cannot assess.
Table of Contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO STUDENT-INVOLVED ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING.
1. Classroom Assessment for Student Success
2. Understanding Why We Assess
3. Defining Achievement Standards for Assessment
4. Designing Quality Assessments
PART II: UNDERSTANDING ASSESSMENT METHODS.
5. Selected Response Assessment
6. Essay Assessment
7. Performance Assessment
8. Personal Communication as Assessment
9. Assessing Dispositions.
PART III: COMMUNICATING ASSESSMENT RESULTS.
10. Managing and Communicating Achievement Information
11. Report Cards: Assessments OF Learning
12. Portfolios and Conferences Involve Students in Communication
13. Communicating with Standardized Test Scores
Appendix A: Derivation of Common Norm-Referenced Scores
Appendix B: Rubrics for Evaluating Assessment Quality.