Answers to Essential Questions About Standards Assessments Grading and Reporting

Author: Thomas R. Guskey
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 145228427X
Format: PDF
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The definitive guidebook to the complex terrain of 21st-century standards! Standards, assessments, grading, and reporting provide the foundation for nearly every initiative in modern education reform. But what do these terms actually mean? This easy-to-use Q&A gives short, simple, jargon-free answers to the questions that frequently stymie educators. Readers will come away with: A consistent vocabulary and frame of reference to share with other educators An understanding of effective implementation in all four areas Specific ideas for purposeful action Common ground that teachers, leadership teams, schools, and districts can use as a basis for successful improvement efforts

Music Assessment for Better Ensembles

Author: Brian P. Shaw
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190603178
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Assessment is central to ensemble music. Yet, teachers do not always have the expertise to harness its potential to improve rehearsals and performances, and promote and document student learning. Written specifically for band, choir, and orchestra teachers at all levels, this book contains all of the information necessary to design and use assessment in a thriving music classroom. The first section addresses foundations such as learning targets, metacognition, and growth mindset. Assessment jargon such as formative assessment, summative assessment, Assessment for Learning, self and peer assessment, and authentic assessment is clarified and illustrated with music examples. Readers will learn practical strategies for choosing which concepts to assess, which methods to use, and how to use results to provide accurate and effective feedback to students. The second section brings assessment fundamentals into the music room. Filled with practical advice, each chapter examines a different facet of musicianship. Sample assessments in all performance areas are provided, including music literacy, fundamentals and technique, terminology, interpretation, evaluation and critique, composition and improvisation, beliefs and attitudes, and more. There is an entire chapter devoted to tips for applying assessment and feedback strategies in rehearsals, which can result in a fresh and effective approach to performance preparation. The final section is an examination of grading practices in music classes. Readers will gain information about ensemble grades that communicate what students know and are able to do, rather than whether they remembered their black socks. A variety of approaches, including Standards-Based Grading, are evaluated in light of music teachers' unique situations. The book concludes with ways for music educators to take their first steps toward implementing these strategies in their own teaching, including the use of instructional technology. Assessing like an expert is possible, and this book is just what teachers need to get started.

Collaboration and Co Teaching for English Learners

Author: Andrea Honigsfeld
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483346021
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Your English Language Learners are counting on you to collaborate effectively. The Common Core State Standards have increased the pressure on English Language Learners. And with the EL population increasing every day, schools need proven systems for ensuring that the students of the future are able to thrive. In practice, this is a challenge for educational leaders. The most promising solution is the collaborative approach pioneered by this book’s authors—America’s leading authorities on collaboration and co-teaching for EL achievement. Honigsfeld and Dove’s resources for collaboration and co-teaching include Templates for creating EL profiles that will enable you to address their unique needs Prompts for Professional Learning activities (for teams or individuals) and further reading The latest research findings on best instructional practices that benefit ELs This is your concise, comprehensive guide to creating a powerful collaborative program to benefit your ELs. Start implementing it today and watch the outcomes improve.

Assessing Young Children

Author: Gayle Mindes
Publisher: Pearson College Division
ISBN: 9780133519235
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Note: This is the bound book only and does not include access to the Enhanced Pearson eText. To order the Enhanced Pearson eText packaged with a bound book, use ISBN 0133831558. Assessing Young Children, 5/e by Mindes and Yung is the ideal resource for pre- and in-service teachers with a need to understand the broad range of assessment issues in early childhood and to deliver an effective educational program for all young children from birth through age eight. Grounded in research-based and recommended practices, it prepares teachers to assess young children in a variety of settings, including inclusive environments, blending early childhood and early childhood special education. Students learn about assessment practices from observation to the complexities of referring children for special education or early intervention evaluation. The focus throughout is on working with interdisciplinary teams to serve a diverse population of children. The new Fifth Edition features a "Cultural Connections" section in each chapter clarifying applications of the topic with children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Particular attention is paid to English learners. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video and internet resources. Improve mastery and retention with the Enhanced Pearson eText* The Enhanced Pearson eText provides a rich, interactive learning environment designed to improve student mastery of content. The Enhanced Pearson eText is: Engaging. The new interactive, multimedia learning features were developed by the authors and other subject-matter experts to deepen and enrich the learning experience. Convenient. Enjoy instant online access from your computer or download the Pearson eText App to read on or offline on your iPad® and Android® tablet.* Affordable. The Enhanced Pearson eText may be purchased stand-alone or with a loose-leaf version of the text for 40-65% less than a print bound book. *The Enhanced eText features are only available in the Pearson eText format. They are not available in third-party eTexts or downloads. *The Pearson eText App is available on Google Play and in the App Store. It requires Android OS 3.1-4, a 7" or 10" tablet, or iPad iOS 5.0 or later.

The Competent Classroom

Author: Allison Zmuda
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807740224
Format: PDF
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Describes the cross-disciplinary journey of two high school teachers trying to align curriculum, assessment, and performance standards in their classrooms. With a focus on the importance of constantly inspiring students, the authors troubleshoot issues surrounding content standards, instructional objectives, and the aims of curriculum.

Assessing Young Children Loose Leaf Version

Author: Gayle Mindes
Publisher: Pearson College Division
ISBN: 9780133850253
Format: PDF
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Assessing Young Children, 5/e by Mindes and Yung is the ideal resource for pre- and in-service teachers with a need to understand the broad range of assessment issues in early childhood and to deliver an effective educational program for all young children from birth through age eight. Grounded in research-based and recommended practices, it prepares teachers to assess young children in a variety of settings, including inclusive environments, blending early childhood and early childhood special education. Students learn about assessment practices from observation to the complexities of referring children for special education or early intervention evaluation. The focus throughout is on working with interdisciplinary teams to serve a diverse population of children. The new Fifth Edition features a "Cultural Connections" section in each chapter clarifying applications of the topic with children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Particular attention is paid to English learners. Enhanced Pearson eText. Included in this package is access to the new Enhanced eText exclusively from Pearson. The Enhanced Pearson eText is: Engaging. Full-color online chapters include dynamic videos that show what course concepts look like in real classrooms, model good teaching practice, and expand upon chapter concepts. Video links, chosen by our authors and other subject-matter experts, are embedded right in context of the content you are reading. Convenient. Enjoy instant online access from your computer or download the Pearson eText App to read on or offline on your iPad and Android tablets.* Interactive. Features include embedded video, note taking and sharing, highlighting and search. Affordable. Experience all these advantages of the Enhanced eText along with all the benefits of print for 40% to 50% less than a print bound book. *The Pearson eText App is available for free on Google Play and in the App Store.* Requires Android OS 3.1 - 4, a 7" or 10" tablet or iPad iOS 5.0 or newer

Assessment Essentials for Standards Based Education

Author: James H. McMillan
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412955505
Format: PDF
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This revised edition shows educators how to integrate assessment with teaching and learning and offers new chapters that discuss a variety of assessment and grading techniques.

How to Create and Use Rubrics for Formative Assessment and Grading

Author: Susan M. Brookhart
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416615520
Format: PDF, Docs
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What is a rubric? A rubric is a coherent set of criteria for student work that describes levels of performance quality. Sounds simple enough, right? Unfortunately, rubrics are commonly misunderstood and misused. The good news is that when rubrics are created and used correctly, they are strong tools that support and enhance classroom instruction and student learning. In this comprehensive guide, author Susan M. Brookhart identifies two essential components of effective rubrics: (1) criteria that relate to the learning (not the "tasks") that students are being asked to demonstrate and (2) clear descriptions of performance across a continuum of quality. She outlines the difference between various kinds of rubrics (for example, general versus task-specific, and analytic versus holistic), explains when using each type of rubric is appropriate, and highlights examples from all grade levels and assorted content areas. In addition, Brookhart addresses * Common misconceptions about rubrics; * Important differences between rubrics and other assessment tools such as checklists and rating scales, and when such alternatives can be useful; and * How to use rubrics for formative assessment and grading, including standards-based grading and report card grades. Intended for educators who are already familiar with rubrics as well as those who are not, this book is a complete resource for writing effective rubrics and for choosing wisely from among the many rubrics that are available on the Internet and from other sources. And it makes the case that rubrics, when used appropriately, can improve outcomes by helping teachers teach and helping students learn.

Project Based Learning Tasks for Common Core State Standards Grades 6 8

Author: Schyrlet Cameron
Publisher: Mark Twain Media
ISBN: 1622234898
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Project-Based Learning Tasks for Common Core State Standards is designed to help middle-school students use research skills, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking to solve real-life problems. Includes a Common Core State Standards matrix. Mark Twain Media Publishing Company specializes in providing captivating, supplemental books and decorative resources to complement middle- and upper-grade classrooms. Designed by leading educators, the product line covers a range of subjects including mathematics, sciences, language arts, social studies, history, government, fine arts, and character. Mark Twain Media also provides innovative classroom solutions for bulletin boards and interactive whiteboards. Since 1977, Mark Twain Media has remained a reliable source for a wide variety of engaging classroom resources.