Tests That Teach

Author: Karen Tankersley
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416612211
Format: PDF
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Now that the No Child Left Behind Act has left its mark on public education, educators across the United States are all the more invested in preparing their students for state and national assessments. In Tests That Teach: Using Standardized Tests to Improve Instruction, Karen Tankersley guides you with proven tips and instructional strategies to help your students perform to their potential. Covering all core contents areas--language arts, social studies, math, and science--and respecting all levels of student performance, Tankersley *Examines the various types of questions that routinely appear on these assessments; *Provides sample multiple-choice and constructed-response questions from the tests; *Offers guidelines on how to create daily lessons that encourage students to practice the skills and demonstrate the knowledge they'll need to use on the high-stakes tests; *Suggests word lists, games, discussion topics, and testing ideas for your classroom; and *Describes how school staff can create a learning community that fosters collaboration among teachers and high performance in students. Also included are a wealth of online resources for lesson plans, daily classroom activities, and virtual field trips, as well as links to every state's released materials on its own assessment. As Tankersley explains, teaching students the skills they need to do well on constructed-response tests will better prepare students both to score well on state and national assessments and to take their place as thoughtful and organized thinkers in a rapidly changing, competitive society.

The Case Against Standardized Testing

Author: Alfie Kohn
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN:
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Kohn's central message is that standardized tests are "not a force of nature but a force of politics-and political decisions can be questioned, challenged, and ultimately reversed."

Psychology Applied to Teaching

Author: Jack Snowman
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1111298114
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This text has received wide acclaim for its applied, practical, and student-oriented approach to educational psychology, which demonstrates how complex psychological theories apply to the everyday experiences of in-service teachers. Coverage of educational psychology is framed so that the aspiring and developing teachers who read it can see themselves as engaged learners: professionals who continuously seek, find, and test better ways to help their students succeed. PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO TEACHING, 13th Edition, combines fresh concepts and contemporary research with long-standing theory and applications to create a textbook that addresses the needs of today’s teachers and students. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Classroom Assessment in Action

Author: Mark D. Shermis
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1442208384
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Classroom Assessment in Action clarifies the multi-faceted roles of measurement and assessment and their applications in a classroom setting. Comprehensive in scope, Shermis and Di Vesta explain basic measurement concepts and show students how to interpret the results of standardized tests. From these basic concepts, the authors then provide clear and ordered discussions of how assessment and instruction is integrated into a functional process to enhance student learning. Guidelines are set forth for constructing various common assessments. Procedures are laid out to evaluate and improve assessments once they are constructed. And, ultimately, the authors shed light on the myriad of factors that impact test score interpretation.

Interpreting Standardized Test Scores

Author: Craig A. Mertler
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1452278962
Format: PDF, Docs
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Interpreting Standardized Test Scores: Strategies for Data-Driven Instructional Decision Making is designed to help K-12 teachers and administrators understand the nature of standardized tests and, in particular, the scores that result from them. This useful manual helps teachers develop the skills necessary to incorporate these test scores into various types of instructional decision making—a process known as "data-driven decision making"—necessitated by the needs of their students.

Standardized Testing

Author: Diane Andrews Henningfeld
Publisher: Greenhaven
ISBN:
Format: PDF
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Presents a collection of essays offering varying viewpoints on the subject of standardized testing, covering such topics as test preparation, the new SAT, and assessment in colleges.

Test Talk

Author: Amy H. Greene
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571104615
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Greene and Melton share their story and proven approach to empower students and raise test scores without compromising good teaching and learning.

Assessment Essentials for Standards Based Education

Author: James H. McMillan
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412955513
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.

Using Action Research to Improve Instruction

Author: John E. Henning
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135852138
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Action research is increasingly used as a means for teachers to improve their instruction, yet for many the idea of doing "research" can be somewhat intimidating. Using Action Research to Improve Instruction offers a comprehensive, easy-to-understand approach to action research in classroom settings. This engaging and accessible guide is grounded in sources of data readily available to teachers, such as classroom observations, student writing, surveys, interviews, and tests. Organized to mirror the action research process, the highly interactive format prompts readers to discover a focus, create research questions, address design and methodology, collect information, conduct data analysis, communicate the results, and to generate evidence-based teaching strategies. Engaging in these decision-making processes builds the skills essential to action research and promotes a deeper understanding of teaching practice. Special Features Include: -An Interactive Text -Reflection Questions and Activity Prompts -A Sample Action Research Report -Numerous Examples and Practice Examples -Numbered Sections for Cross Referencing This original text is a must-read for teachers interested in how they can use their current knowledge of instruction and assessment to meaningfully engage in action research.

The Unintended Consequences of High stakes Testing

Author: M. Gail Jones
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742526273
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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To understand how high-stakes accountability has influenced teaching and learning, this book looks at the consequences that high-stakes tests hold for students, teachers, administrators, and the public, and demonstates the negative effects of such testing on nontested subjects, minority students, and students with special needs.