Assessment Throughout the Year / Edition 1

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As part of the Pathways to Teaching Series, Assessment Throughout the Year offers a brief, practical text for teacherswho will be applying assessment skills in daily practice immediately or within a few months of entering their teacher preparation program.

For new teachers working in schools where curriculum pacing, benchmark tests, and state-standards exams are emphasized, Assessment Throughout the Year illustrates how to use:

  • State standards in the formulation of educational objectives and describing instructional targets.
  • State standards assessment data to plan for instruction at the beginning of the school year.
  • Teaching practices where curriculum pacing and benchmark assessments frame the curriculum.
  • Formative assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of standards-based instructional plans.
  • Alternative forms of summative assessment to evaluate student achievement of knowledge and skills described in state curriculum standards.
  • Guidelines for evaluating student work, determining grades, and assigning course marks in standards-based instructional settings.

Supporting each readers journey are classroom scenarios, learning objectives, graphic organizers, essential assessment vocabulary, and authentic exercises to ensure their success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135130575
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: NCEI Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Mark O’Shea is a Professor of Education at California State University — Monterey Bay. Following eleven years of secondary school teaching and curriculum leadership, Dr. O’Shea embarked on his career as a teacher educator. His research interests focus on the identification of the skills and knowledge teachers need to succeed in standards-based classrooms. He is also involved in school reform efforts across the nation, from California to Alabama. He is the author of From Standards to Success: A Guide for School Leaders published in 2005 by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
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Table of Contents



Six New Directions in Teaching, Learning and Assessment

An Overview of Assessment Purposes and Methods: Then and Now



An Experience in Contemporary Assessment

Closing the Door on Biased and Oppressive Assessment Practices?

What Are the Qualities We Seek in Good Assessment Practices?

How Do We Know If Our Assessments Are Measuring Student Learning Accurately?

Introduction to Reliability

Increasing Reliability in Classroom Assessments

A First Look at Validity

Validity and State Curriculum Standards

Enhancing Validity inClassroom Based Tests


Learner Objectives


Selecting Educational Goals and Objectives: Then and Now

State Curriculum Standards Influence the Selection of Instructional Goals and Objectives

How Do Teachers Meet Educational Goals and Objectives

Teaching to Standards-Based Instructional Objectives

Instructional Objectives and Classroom Management


Learner Objectives


Essential Purposes of Pre-Instructional Assessment

Pre-Instructional Assessment: Then and Now

Pre-Instructional Assessment and State Standards Achievement

An Introduction to Benchmark Assessment

Pre-Instructional Assessment for Today's Diverse Classroom


Learner Objectives


Formative Assessment as the Year Begins: Then and Now

Characteristics of Good Summative Assessment

Formative Assessment in a Standards-Based Setting

Formative Assessment Through the Year: Methods and Procedures

Progress Checking

Assessing Affective Responses to Instruction


Learner Objectives


Purpose of Summative Assessment

Summative Assessment: Then and Now

Problems with Conventional Testing Practices

Alternative Forms of Classroom-Based Summative Assessment

Summative Assessment in Today's Classroom

Contemporary Summative Assessment Practices


Learner Objectives


Linking Instruction to Assessment

Blueprints are Tools for Instruction and Assessment

Blueprints: Then and Now

An Overview of Test Item Types

Test Items Sort into One of Two Categories

Selected Response Items

Constructed Response Items


Learner Objectives


Essential Concepts for This Chapter

Administering Assessments

Scoring Student Responses to Test Items

Scoring Selected Response Items

Scoring Constructed Response Items

Grading the Test

Grading Student Work in a Standards-Based System

Improving Instruction Through Analysis of Test Outcomes

Evaluating Student Performances and Products

Determining Final Marks for Report Cards

Reporting Students' Academic Achievement

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