Informative Assessment (In a Nutshell Series)

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In a nutshell, this resource examines how Routine inFormative Assessments, Reflective inFormative Assessments, and Rigorous inFormative Assessments can inform and improve teaching practices and student learning.
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Editorial Reviews

Nancy A. Farrell
"Fogarty and Kerns provide far more than theory and rhetoric—they have effectively created a treasure trove of tools and ideas that every teacher can and should be using. This isa wonderful resource for mentors, instructional coaches, administrators, and professional development trainers."
Mary Ellen Kotz
"Provides new and veteran educators with clear descriptions of assessment methods and offers a rich array of instructional strategies that can be implemented immediately."
Valerie Hastings Gregory
"Promotes the kind of reflective practice that energizes teaching, leading, and learning for all. This book is an important resource for professional learning communities dedicated to 1) assessment of students and their achievement, 2) collaborative teams focused on improved teaching and learning, and 3) continuous improvement."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412975421
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/4/2009
  • Series: In a Nutshell Series
  • Pages: 105
  • Sales rank: 1,274,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

A third-generation educator with teaching experience from elementary through the university level, in addition to K-12 administrative experience, Gene Kernsserves as vice president of training and certification for Renaissance Learning, Inc. With more than a decade of experience in leading professional development sessions, as well as taking on the role of presenter at national and international conferences, Kerns has knowledge and know-how of the adult learner. In addition, he has the experience to work across the generations with a genuine quality that is laced with anecdotes, humor, and heartfelt passion. Former clients include the New York State Unified Teachers, New Jersey Principals' Association, Illinois Coalition of Essential Schools, and the Ministry of Education of Singapore. Kerns received his bachelor’s and master's degrees from Longwood College in Virginia. He also holds a doctor of education degree from the University of Delaware, with an emphasis in education leadership. Informative Assessment: When It’s Not About a Grade is Kerns' first publication.
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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Opening Quote
Part I: Purpose/Goals
Part II: "A Suite of Assessments"
Part III: Background/Research
Part IV: Overview of the Book and Chapter Format
1. Routine Formative Assessments: All Day, Everyday-Flow
Scene of Scenario (for Reader's Theater Activity)
Define, Describe, and Give Real-World Examples
Lap Boards
Traffic Light Cards
Color-Coded Multiple Choice Cards
Tongue Depressors
Name Cards
Mr. Parnes' Questions
Mr. Pete's Questions
Questioning Procedures
Pose Question
Allow Wait Time
Choose a Respondent Using a Random Method
Provide Some "Save Face" Option
HOT Questions
Woven Questions
Rhetorical Questions
Hands Up Only to Ask a Question Policy
Cooperative Learning (Informal)
Wait Time
Equal Opportunity to Respond
Unpacking the Language of Standards/Tests/Instructions
2. Reflective Informative Assessments: Many Days-Conversations
Scene or Scenario (for Reader's Theater)
Define, Describe, and Give Real-World Examples
People Search
Human Graph
Rubrics/Checklists (Criteria in Kid-Friendly Terms)
Little Book of Reflective Tools
Step Book
Cooperative Learning Roles and Responsibilities
Peer Tutors
Traffic Light Indicators
Student Portfolios
Tear Share
Magic Book
Mrs. Potters' Questions
Ms. Poindexter's Questions
Range Finding Questions (Prior Knowledge)
Hinge Point Questions (During Instruction)
Rubric Development With the Class
Use of Benchmark Papers
Descriptive Feedback
Reflective Questions (Metacognition)
Peer Assessment (Peer Editing)
Cooperative Learning
Interactive Conversations
Teacher - Student/Student - Teacher
Student - Student
Student - Self
Email Buddies
Comments That Reference Criteria, Instead of Grades
"There Are _ Wrong. Find Which Ones."
Focused Marking (One Aspect of Element)
Grading: Omit Zeros, Omit Averages, Require Students to Do Missing Assignments
3. Rigorous Informative Assessments: Some Days - Philosophical Shift
Scene or Scenario (for Reader's Theater)
Define, Describe, and Give Real-World Examples
Performance Tasks
Performance Checklists
Performance Rubrics
Grading Practices
Informative Grading
Informative Grade Book
Gray Area About Grade Books
Standards-Based Grade Books
Color-Coded Grade Books
Electronic Grade Book
Electronic Test Creation Software
Performance Based
Tests, Test Questions, Test Analysis
Ungraded Practice Test
Developing Test Questions
Test Questions: Fat/Skinny (or Whale/Minnow) Questions
Test and Work Analysis: Examining Student Work
Summative Assessment as Informative Assessment
Philosophical Shift, Between Formative and Summative Assessments
How Can You Use a Summative Assessment in a Formative Manner?
Item Analysis
Robust Distractors
Application Activity
4. Closure
Attribution Theory (Dweck, 2007)
Tomlinson Summary Points
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