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Formative assessment has recently become a focus of renewed research as state and federal policy makers realize that summative assessments have reached a point of diminishing returns as a tool for increasing student achievement. Consequently, supporters of large-scale testing programs are now beginning to consider the potential of formative assessments to improve student achievement. The mission of this Handbook of Formative Assessment is to comprehensively profile this burgeoning but loosely coupled field of study. Written by leading international scholars and practitioners, each chapter includes a discussion of key issues that dominate formative assessment policy and practice today, as well as those that are likely to affect research and practice in the coming years. Key features include:
Comprehensive - 19 chapters cover all aspects of formative assessment including classroom assessment, large-scale applications, technological applications, applications for special needs students, K-12 applications, psychometric considerations, case studies, and discussion of alternative assessment formats such as portfolios and performance assessments.
Integrative - Thoughtful attention is given to the possibilities for integrating large-scale and classroom assessments.
Practical - Provides practical guidance on how to conduct formative assessments that generate credible information to guide instruction.
Global - Provides perspectives from leading international scholars and practitioners whose expertise spans diverse settings, student populations, and educational systems.
Accessible Style - Although grounded in the latest research, the book's style and tone has been carefullycrafted to make it accessible to both the textbook and professional markets. It will also be a critical reference book for policy makers and researchers in teacher preparation, assessment, curriculum, educational administration, and educational policy studies.
Part I Foundations of Formative Assessment 1
1 An Introduction to Formative Assessment: History, Characteristics, and Challenges Gregory J. Cizek 3
2 An Integrative Summary of the Research Literature and Implications for a New Theory of Formative Assessment Dylan Wiliam 18
3 The Practical Implications of Educational Aims and Contexts for Formative Assessment James H. McMillan 41
Part II Formative Assessment Methods and Practice 59
4 Peers as a Source of Formative Assessment Keith J. Topping 61
5 Formative Assessment Applications of Culminating Demonstrations of Mastery Jill Davidson Jay Feldman 75
6 Students as the Definitive Source of Formative Assessment: Academic Self-Assessment and the Self-Regulation of Learning Heidi L. Andrade 90
7 Formative Assessment: The Contributions of Benjamin S. Bloom Thomas R. Guskey 106
8 Technology-Aided Formative Assessment of Learning: New Developments and Applications Michael K. Russell 125
9 Formative Assessment, Motivation, and Science Learning Maria Araceli Ruiz-Primo Erin Marie Furtak Carlos Ayala Yue Yin Richard J. Shavelson 139
10 Research and Strategies for Adapting Formative Assessments for Students with Special Needs Stephen N. Elliott Ryan J. Kettler Peter A. Beddow Alexander Kurz 159
11 Research and Recommendations for Formative Assessment with English Language Learners Jamal Abedi 181
12 Moment-by-Moment Formative Assessment of Second Language Development: ESOL Professionals at Work Carla Meskill 198
13 Formative Assessment Practices that Maximize Learning for Students At Risk Gerunda B. Hughes 212
14 Essential Formative Assessment Competencies for Teachers and School LeadersRick Stiggins 233
15 Research on Characteristics of Effective Professional Development Programs for Enhancing Educators' Skills in Formative Assessment M. Christina Schneider Bruce Randel 251
Part III Challenges and Future Directions for Formative Assessment 277
16 Mixing It Up: Combining Sources of Classroom Achievement Information for Formative and Summative Purposes Susan M. Brookhart 279
17 Psychometric Challenges and Opportunities in Implementing Formative Assessment Walter D. Way Robert P. Dolan Paul Nichols 297
18 Strategies and Policies for Incorporating Formative Assessment into Comprehensive and Balanced State Assessment Systems Douglas A. Rindone Duncan MacQuarrie 316
19 Keeping the Focus, Expanding the Vision, Maintaining the Balance: Preserving and Enhancing Formative Assessment in Nebraska Chris W. Gallagher 328
20 Summing Up and Moving Forward: Key Challenges and Future Directions for Research and Development in Formative Assessment Heidi L. Andrade 344
Author Index 365
Subject Index 375