Differentiated Assessment: How to Assess the Learning Potential of Every Student (Grades 6-12)

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Every teacher and school leader has had the frustrating experience of knowing that a student had high intellect although his or her test data indicated otherwise. Tests tell one story-but looking at students' work and observing them in the daily act of learning tells another. From veteran educator and leader in assessment Evangeline Harris Stefanakis, Differentiated Assessment provides a comprehensive system to assess students' individual talents, regardless of language or ...

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Overview

Every teacher and school leader has had the frustrating experience of knowing that a student had high intellect although his or her test data indicated otherwise. Tests tell one story-but looking at students' work and observing them in the daily act of learning tells another. From veteran educator and leader in assessment Evangeline Harris Stefanakis, Differentiated Assessment provides a comprehensive system to assess students' individual talents, regardless of language or learning differences.

The book helps educators understand how each student learns and how instruction should be tailored to serve individual needs. Throughout, Stefanakis places special emphasis on two assessment approaches: Student Portfolio Assessments, where selected student work is collected periodically and commented on by teacher, student, and parents; and Personalized Learning Profiles, which provide vital details about each student's cultural background, interests, and strengths, as well as their learning and language needs.

Filled with helpful examples from model assessment programs at real-world schools, the book provides useful guidance and practical tools for implementing an effective, comprehensive assessment program at the classroom or school-wide level. It also explains how to integrate assessment into the instructional process and how to use portfolios for transfer, graduation, and college application purposes. The bonus DVD provides sample assessments, rubrics, forms, and video.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470230817
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Evangeline Harris Stefanakis, Ed.D., is a faculty fellow in the Provost's Office in Assessment and Evaluation and associate professor of Educational Leadership and Development at Boston University. A researcher, frequent speaker, and writer, she specializes in understanding how best to assess and teach learners from diverse language, learning, and cultural backgrounds.

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Table of Contents

About This Book v

About the Author vii

Acknowledgments viii

Foreword Deborah Meier xiii

Introduction 1

Part I The Context of Learning for Today and Tomorrow

1 Education for the 21st Century 7

Addressing the Landscape of Assessment Policies and Practice 19

To Sum Up 21

2 Differentiated Instruction Starts with Differentiated Assessments 25

A Window into Learners' Abilities: Adolescents with Learning Challenges 26

The Demographic Landscape of Assessment Policies and Practice 32

A Differentiated Assessment System: A Sociocultural Approach 35

A Comprehensive Assessment System in a High School in the Bronx 37

To Sum Up 39

Notes 43

Part II Case Studies of Differentiated Assessment

3 Differentiated Assessment in Middle Schools 47

Case Studies in Developing Differentiated Assessment 48

Grant as Catalyst: A Community Designs a System of Differentiated Assessment 49

Leaders' Lessons: Looking at Students' Work Makes Learning Visible 50

Building a Collaborative Culture: Key Practices Structure Assessment Conversations 51

Differentiated Assessment Guides Instruction: Portfolio Rubrics as Common Criteria 59

Institutionalize Portfolios for Grading and Conferences: Celebrating Student Work 67

Leaders' Stories: Identifying the Assets of Diverse Groups of Language Learners 69

Teachers in Middle School Create Classroom Assessment Systems: Setting Standards 74

Teacher's Classroom Assessment is Based on "Sitting Beside" the Language Learner 75

How Portfolios Help Teachers Become Researchers of Individuals 76

Profiles and Portfolios: The Window into the Learner's Mind and Potential 78

Reaching Every Language Learner Personally: Creating a Profile 78

Good Seeds Grow in Good Cultures: Teachers Create a Portfolio Culture for Learning 79

To Sum Up 79

Notes 81

4 Differentiated Assessment in High Schools 83

Why Differentiate the Assessment? A Story of High Schools' Challenges 84

Differentiating Learners: Knowing the Adults and Children as a Community 84

Differentiated Assessment: Developing a Classroom Assessment System 85

Digital Portfolios Introduced as Personal Stories: Windows into the Learner's Mind 86

Guidelines for Classroom Assessment: Creating/Maintaining Portfolios 91

To Sum Up 97

5 Classroom Assessment with Digital Portfolios 103

Differentiated Assessment: Seeing the Learner's Abilities 104

Making Learning Visible with Portfolios 104

Portfolio Assessment at New Day Academy 105

New Faculty Getting Started with Digital Portfolios 107

The Class and the Challenges 109

Students and Teacher at Work 114

To Sum Up 125

Note 126

Part III Seeing Students' Assets: Differentiated Assessment Guides Instruction

6 Differentiated Assessment, Instruction, and Accommodation 129

Knowing Your Learner: Understand Cultural and Linguistic Assets 132

Knowing Your Learners: Building a Comprehensive Assessment System 134

Using the Student's Assets: Sociocultural Framework to Differentiate Assessment 136

Classroom Performance Assessments 137

Differentiated Instruction: Knowing Your Learners and Finding Their Strengths 137

Creating a Student Profile: A Teacher's Story of Differentiated Instruction 140

Differentiated Instruction: Knowing Individual Learners' Multiple Intelligences 142

To Sum Up 142

Notes 144

7 How Differentiated Assessment Guides Instruction 145

Knowing Your Learners: Using Portfolios to Differentiate Assessment 146

Multiple Entry Points to Instruction: The Physical Environment Supports Learning 150

Anchor Activities and Flexible Grouping 155

Differentiating Instruction: Lesson and Unit Development for Secondary Students 155

Voices from the Field: Differentiated Instruction at the High School Level 156

Differentiated Curriculum: Meeting the Needs of All Learners 156

Implementing Differentiated Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom 160

To Sum Up 161

Appendix: DVD Table of Contents 163

References and Resources 165

Index 169

How to Use the DVD-ROM 177

System Requirements 177

Using the DVD-ROM with Windows 177

In Case of Trouble 178

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