Demonstrates practical ways to integrate assessments and instruction, and offers specific multiple assessment formats illustrated with rich examples, dialogues, scenarios, checklists, and student samples.
Diane M. Barone is Professor Literacy Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. In her role at the university, she teaches courses in early literacy, diversity and literacy, and qualitative research. Her research interests center on young children, especially in high poverty schools, and how they develop in literacy. Her most current study followed 16 children from kindergarten through to Grade 6 to document their literacy growth. She has been an editor of Reading Research Quarterly and has written numerous articles, book chapters, and books. Some of her recent books include Reading First in the Classroom with Joan Taylor and Darrin Hardman, Literacy and Young Children: Research-Based Practices with Lesley Morrow, Teaching Early Literacy: Development, Assessment, and Instruction with Marla Mallette and Shelley Xu, and The National Board Certification Handbook. She is also Principal Investigator for Reading First in Nevada and serves as a member of the board for the International Reading Association.
Joan Taylor is a teacher-consultant who works with teachers and students in Title I schools in the Reno/Sparks area of Northern Nevada. She recently completed a dissertation on A History of Written Composition Instruction in U.S. Elementary Schools. Her research interests, in addition to historical and current perspectives on writing instruction, are focused on exploring teachers' stories on learning and teaching.
She has been a long-time middle school teacher in Washoe County Schools. She is also Nevada State Networks Writing Project Co-Director, and during the past several years has authored a number of federally funded state literacy grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling approximately $53 million. These include the Nevada Reading Excellence Act and Nevada Reading First grants.
About the Authors
1. Assessments With a Focus on Learning: Purposes and Promises
The Historical Root of the Matter
Audiences and Types of Assessments
Timing of Tests
Reasons for Assessments
2. Writing Assessments
Brief Historical Overview of Writing Assessments
Writing Assessments Today
Types of Writing Assessments
Writing Assessment Formats
Organizing and Administering Your Own Scoring Session
3. Reading Asessment
Ongoing Assessments Used to Monitor Progress
4. Oral and Visual Assessments
Viewing and Experiencing
Audience and Purpose
Importance of a Variety of Assessment
Forms and Products
5. Assessment Portfolios
What Is an Assessment Portfolio?
What Are the Issues Surrounding Portfolios?
6. Putting Assessment in Perspective
Overview of Assessment Data
Uses of Assessment
A Few Final Assessment Caveats
Additional Resources for Assessment