Put to the Test: Tools & Techniques for Classroom Assessment / Edition 1

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There's no one way to assess student learning. And as the cries for accountability continue to increase, it's absolutely essential that we be acquainted with all the different assessment tools available to us. Put to the Test puts these tools at your disposal.

Put to the Test is an all-in-one resource for detailed explanations of the full range of assessment techniques that effectively monitor learning. It provides not only step-by-step procedures for a standards-based approach to classroom assessment, but also lots of different strategies for aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment. You'll discover everything you need to know about the development and use of:

  • performance tasks
  • scoring guides
  • interviews
  • observations
  • selected-response test items
  • portfolios.
Best of all, examples from across the curriculum and across the grades demonstrate how each form of assessment can be easily implemented.

Preservice and inservice teachers, principals, and staff developers will welcome the book's practicality. School administrators will find it an excellent resource to guide and support teachers who are looking for effective assessment systems.

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Editorial Reviews

In tandem with the trend in state testing programs to move beyond multiple-choice, norm-referenced tests, school districts are using more diverse assessment tools such as assessment portfolios and interviews. This educator resource outlines procedures for a standards-based approach to classroom assessment, and offers strategies for aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Includes checklists, examples, guidelines, and websites of school districts that provide sample performance assessments. Lacks an index. Kuhs co-directs the South Carolina Center for Excellence in Assessment of Student Learning. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325002781
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/9/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Agruso is Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Accountability at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. Formerly, she served as Director of Assessment at the South Carolina Department of Education.

Robert Johnson is Assistant Professor of Applied Measurement at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and Codirector of the Center for Excellence in the Assessment of Student Learning.

Therese Kuhs is Chair of the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and Codirector of the South Carolina Center for Excellence in Assessment of Student Learning.

Diane Monrad is Research Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and Director of the South Carolina Educational Policy Center.

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Table of Contents

An Overview of Assessment


Performance Tasks: In-depth Assessment of Learning

Guides to Scoring Student Work: Checklists and Rubrics

Selected-Response Items

Assessment Portfolios

Interviews: Classroom Conversations to Assess Learning

A Multifaceted Assessment System

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