The School Leader s Guide to Formative Assessment

Author: Todd Stanley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131791841X
Format: PDF, Docs
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This user-friendly guide shows school leaders how to use formative assessment to improve both student and teacher achievement. With step-by-step information and practical examples, this book will help you develop better assessments that will transform your school. You will learn: The advantages of formative assessment When and why to use formative assessment How to develop valid and reliable assessments How to mimic the state assessment schedule How to organize and use data effectively How to use data to develop teacher leaders The appendix features more than ten pages of handy reproducibles that will help you implement formative assessments immediately (also available as free downloads www.routledge.com/9781596672468). A curriculum pacing guide A presentation template to explain formative assessment to your staff A non-mastery report A class item analysis graph A class profile graph A student questionnaire, and more!

The Assistant Principal s Guide

Author: M. Scott Norton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317600940
Format: PDF, Docs
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Though traditionally responsible for school operations, assistant principals increasingly find themselves expected to provide academic leadership as students face a growing emphasis on academic performance. This timely book helps current and aspiring assistant principals implement best practices for their evolving roles, providing the knowledge and skills required to succeed in their schools. Coverage includes: Emphasis on competency-based leadership requirements Research-based models, tips, snapshots, best-practices, and recommendations Unique discussion of the assistant principal as a student advocate Organizational strategies, professional growth activities, and operational models for program implementation Specific leadership responsibilities for school climate, personnel administration, professional development, and performance appraisal Case studies and discussion questions to foster applied learning

The Principal as Human Resources Leader

Author: M. Scott Norton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317688457
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Increasingly, personnel administrative duties within schools have been delegated to the local school principal. This accessible book arms school leaders with the knowledge and skills required to be an effective human resources leader and shows them how to fold these additional duties seamlessly into their daily routines. This practical resource provides school administrators with guidance on personnel selection, growth and development, orientation and placement, school climate, legal processes, leadership for classified staff and other important human resources processes. Special Features: • Grounded in extensive research and interviews with practicing principals • Provides a wealth of examples, strategies, tips, and best practices for leading the human resources function at the school level • Chapter exercises and case studies explore the skills and knowledge needed for effective human resource leadership • Details the significance of developing a positive school climate • Legal aspects of human resources administration are made digestible and understandable

Easy and Effective Professional Development

Author: Catherine Beck
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317689771
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Given the current economic climate and budget constraints facing schools, funding for professional development is continually reduced. And yet administrators still need to find methods to implement new instructional initiatives, such as the Common Core State Standards. This important book provides leaders with a high quality professional development approach at a low cost—the Peer Observation Process. Outlined in manageable steps, this strategy will help leaders implement any new school initiative or instructional method, no matter the context. This book will help you: -Support staff with job-embedded learning that includes reflection and feedback -Get your staff excited and engage them in ongoing collaboration -Create teams and organize schedules -Initiate and deliver tough conversations -Address accountability and measure success Based on an established and successful program, this book outlines an effective approach that is easy to implement and will help schools increase student achievement, strengthen school culture, and improve job satisfaction.

Formative Assessment for Secondary Science Teachers

Author: Erin Marie Furtak
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412972205
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Covering physics/physical science, life science/biology, earth and space science, and chemistry, this research-based guide shows secondary teachers how to develop and use formative assessments to enhance learning in science.

Leading Student Assessment

Author: Charles F. Webber
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789400717275
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book presents a new and refreshing look at student assessment from the perspective of leading educational theorists, researchers, and practitioners. The authors call for boundary-breaking assessment that reflects clear understandings of the purposes of assessment, a balance of assessment creativity and realism, the ability to detect solutions for assessment challenges, and the capacity to question and imagine assessment alternatives. The 14 chapters offer school and district educators, policy makers, researchers, and university teacher preparation faculty with a comprehensive, current overview of the state and art of student assessment. Key questions are posed about assessment and critical challenges are presented along with sound evidence-based solutions. Student assessment is analyzed in terms of its relationship with classroom instructional practices and large-scale testing programs. Formative and summative assessments are compared and contrasted. The role of psychological assessment in informing classroom practices is profiled along with the need for student voice in fair assessment practices. Readers will be challenged to consider the ecology of student assessment, that is, the impact of assessment in classrooms and schools through to the macro level of globalized societies. The underpinning values and assumptions of student assessment are highlighted. Finally, a rationale is offered for reconceptualizing and redefining assessment.

Assessment Powered Teaching

Author: Nancy W. Sindelar
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412992087
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The purpose of Power Teaching is to change teachers' attitudes toward testing by illustrating the power that meaningful assessment brings to the art and science of teaching. The book also shares efficient and practical tools and strategies for using formative and summative assessment results to actually enhance teaching effectiveness and students' learning. Using testimonials from "power teachers," the text shows classroom teachers how they too can use assessment analyses to inform their teaching, provide motivational feedback to their students, and monitor their students' progress toward learning targets and standards. This handy reference argues that testing can be a power tool for helping teachers rather than an intrusion on academic freedom and valuable instructional time. A key distinction of the book is its coverage of using technology to collect and analyze assessment data.