What Teachers Really Need to Know About Formative Assessment

Author: Laura Greenstein
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 141661222X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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What does formative assessment look like, and when should I use it? What kind of planning does it require, and what kinds of data does it generate? How will formative assessment improve my teaching and help my students succeed in a standards-based environment? How does it relate to my application of multiple intelligences theory, to differentiated instruction, and to everything else I'm already doing in my classroom? In this volume, author Laura Greenstein has gathered what you really need to know in order to make formative assessment a seamless part of your everyday practice. Emphasizing formative assessment application in secondary schools but applicable to teachers of all grade levels and all subject areas, this book provides * Straightforward answers to teachers' most frequently asked questions * Dozens of strategies for measuring student understanding and diagnosing learning needs before, during, and after instruction * Illustrations of formative assessment across the content areas, from math to language arts to science to social studies to health and physical education * Guidance on making data-informed instructional adjustments * Sample templates for organizing assessment data to track both whole-class and individual progress toward identified goals * Case studies to illustrate effective and ineffective formative assessment and deepen your understanding If you're looking to take formative assessment from theory to practice--and from practice to genuine learning improvement--this is the place to begin.

Classroom Assessment

Author: W. James Popham
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 9780205510757
Format: PDF, ePub
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This fifth edition addresses the range of assessments that teachers are likely to use in their classrooms. It is grounded in the reality of teaching today to show real-world teachers who want to use assessment in their classroom the latest tools necessary to teach more effectively. With expanded coverage of problems related to measurement of special education children, a new student website with online activities, and an improved instructor's manual, this book continues to be a cutting-edge and indispensable resource for not only instructors, but also for pre- and in-service teachers.--[back cover].

Assessing 21st Century Skills

Author: Laura M. Greenstein
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452284156
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Go beyond traditional paper-and-pencil tests! How can you measure student mastery of 21st century skills like creativity, problem solving, and use of technology? Laura Greenstein provides a framework and practical ideas for using authentic learning experiences and rigorous assessment strategies to engage today’s students. With numerous rubrics and checklists, a step-by-step model for developing your own classroom assessments, a lesson planning template, and sample completed lesson plans, this book discusses how to teach and assess: Thinking skills: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and metacognition Actions: communication, collaboration, digital and technological literacy Living skills: citizenship, global understanding, leadership, college and career readiness

The Formative Assessment Action Plan

Author: Nancy Frey
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416613382
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Join Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher as they outline a clear-cut, realistic, and rewarding approach to formative assessment. They explain how four discrete steps work in tandem to create a seamless, comprehensive formative assessment system--one that has no beginning and no end. This ongoing approach enhances an active give-and-take relationship between teachers and students to promote learning. Where am I going? Step 1: Feed-up ensures that students understand the purpose of an assignment, task, or lesson, including how they will be assessed. Where am I now? Step 2: Checking for understanding guides instruction and helps determine if students are making progress toward their goals. How am I doing? Step 3: Feedback provides students with valuable and constructive information about their successes and needs. Where am I going next? Step 4: Feed-forward builds on the feedback from step 3 and uses performance data to facilitate student achievement. Dozens of real-life scenarios demonstrate how to apply these steps in your classroom, always focusing on the presence or absence of student learning to guide the action. By enabling teachers and students alike to see more clearly what they need to do for learning to be successful, this approach builds students' competence, confidence, and understanding. No matter what grade level you teach, The Formative Assessment Action Plan will help you make better use of assessment data so you can more quickly adjust instruction to keep every student on the path to success.

Formative Assessment Strategies for Every Classroom

Author: Susan M. Brookhart
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416610839
Format: PDF
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This second edition gives you more than 60 tools--with tips and implementation steps--for creating and using formative assessments in every grade level and subject. --from publisher description

On Formative Assessment

Author: Marge Scherer
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416622926
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This collection of articles from Educational Leadership pulls together some of the best pieces on formative assessment and feedback that will help educators understand how to best use the data they have at their fingertips. The authors tell fellow educators about how to use formative assessment to shape the next phase of instruction and how to look for patterns in students’ assessments and assignments—the mistakes students frequently make and the signals that tell what individuals need, what groups of kids need, and what the whole class needs.

Shaping the Future with Math Science and Technology

Author: Dennis M. Adams
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 161048116X
Format: PDF, Docs
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Shaping the Future with Math, Science, and Technology examines how ingenuity, creativity, and teamwork skills are part of an intellectual toolbox associated with math, science, and technology. The book provides new ideas, proven processes, practical tools, and examples useful to educators who want to encourage students to solve problems and express themselves in imaginative ways. The development of a technological knowledge-based economy depends on the development of educational systems that allow schools, teachers, and students of diverse capabilities, backgrounds and learning preferences do better with both content and imaginative problem solving. This book makes the case that it is, indeed, possible to educate our way to a better economy and a better future. Paying attention to 21st century approaches and skills can help accomplish those goals.

Restorative Assessment

Author: Laura M. Greenstein
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1506390269
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Encourage achievement with assessments that promote growth—for every student! When you make restorative assessment part of your classroom culture, students feel safe, ready for challenges, and eager to showcase their strengths whenever they have the chance. Unlike ordinary testing, restorative assessments offer students multiple ways to demonstrate their learning—which promotes equity and reduces conflict. And since assessments happen regularly, you have more opportunities to check student progress and tailor your teaching accordingly. In this guide, you’ll find: Real-world examples of restorative assessment in practice Cutting-edge research on personalized learning and assessment Practical strategies for implementation Action points and reflection questions

Everything School Leaders Need to Know About Assessment

Author: W. James Popham
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 141297979X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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With plain language and practical examples, Popham covers key understandings for school leaders, including validity, formative assessment, interpreting test results, instructional sensitivity, and more.

So what Do They Really Know

Author: Cris Tovani
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571107304
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In So What Do They Really Know? Cris Tovani explores the complex issue of monitoring, assessing, and grading students' thinking and performance with fairness and fidelity. Like all teachers, Cris struggles to balance her student-centered instruction with school system mandates. Her recommendations are realistic and practical; she understands that what isn't manageable isn't sustainable. Cris describes the systems and structure she uses in her own classroom and shows teachers how to use assessments to monitor student growth and provide targeted feedback that enables students to master content goals. She also shares ways to bring students into the assessment cycle so they can monitor their own learning, maximizing motivation and engagement. So What Do They Really Know? includes a wealth of information: Lessons from Cris's classroom Templates showing how teachers can use the workshop model to assess and differentiate instruction Student work, including samples from linguistically diverse learners, struggling readers, and college-bound seniors Anchor charts of student thinking Ideas on how to give feedback Guidelines that explain how conferring is different from monitoring Suggestions for assessing learning and differentiating instruction during conferences Advice for managing ongoing assessment Cris's willingness to share her own struggles continues to be a hallmark of her work. Teachers will recognize their own students and the challenges they face as they join Cris on the journey to figure out how to raise student achievement.