Assessing Student Achievement: A Guide for Teachers and Administrators

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Overview

School administrators and teachers are being challenged on many fronts to demonstrate accountability through assessment, from early childhood through secondary education. Despite an explosion of demand, the underlying principles of sound assessment such as the valid use of examination results, their reliability, their efficiency in terms of teachers' and students' time, and their ethical use are often neglected. Addressed to in-service and pre-service teachers and administrators, this book reorders educational priorities, emphasizing the relation of what is taught to what is tested, educationally sound and effective preparation for assessments, exploring alternatives to paper and pencil tests, the appropriate interpretation and use of test results, communicating the meaning of assessment results to parents and communities, and using program evaluation to improve learning. This book attempts to overcome the negative feelings that some educators have about classroom and standardized testing. By providing practical knowledge and real-life examples of how assessment and evaluation should shape student learning, the book enables readers to understand how assessment can be a powerful positive force for good in schools.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578868100
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 5/19/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Deneen is an associate professor and director of assessment for the Graduate School of Psychology and Education at Touro College, New York City. He has been a teacher and administrator in K-12 schools. James Deneen is a consultant to schools and other educational institutions. For some 25 years, he was a program director for the Advanced Placement Program and for the Division of Teacher Programs and Services at Educational Testing Service. Earlier, he was a teacher and administrator in K-12 schools and at several universities.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Social and Political Realities of Student Assessment Part 1 Understanding Assessment Preview Part 2 Classroom Assessment Preview Chapter 2 The Basics of Assessment Part 3 Standardized Assessment Preview Chapter 3 Formative and Summative Assessment Part 4 Grading and Reporting Preview Chapter 4 Selection Responses Chapter 5 Supply Responses Part 5 Program Evaluation and Accountability Preview Chapter 6 Authentic and Performance Measures Chapter 7 What Are Standardized Tests? Chapter 8 Using the Results of Standardized Tests Chapter 9 Preparing Students for Standardized Tests Chapter 10 Classroom Assessments and Standardized Tests Chapter 11 Summative Progress Reports Chapter 12 Reporting Results of Assessment Chapter 13 Program Evaluation Chapter 14 Accountability

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