Teacher's Guide to Classroom Assessment: Understanding and Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning / Edition 1

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A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Assessment is acomprehensive guide that shows step-by-step how to effectivelyintegrate assessment into the classroom. Written for both new andseasoned teachers, this important book offers a practical aid fordeveloping assessment skills and strategies, building assessmentliteracy, and ultimately improving student learning.

Based on extensive research, this book is filled withillustrative, down-to-earth examples of how classroom assessmentworks in classrooms where assessment drives the instruction. Theauthors present the Classroom Assessment Cycle—Clarifyinglearning targets, Collecting assessment evidence, Analyzingassessment data, and Modifying instruction based upon assessmentdata—that demonstrates how one assessment action must flowinto the next to be effective. Each chapter details the kinds ofassessment evidence that are the most useful for determiningstudent achievement and provides instruction in the analysis ofassessment data.

While the major focus in this book is on how to design qualityperformance tasks and scoring guides, the book also providesguidance on setting standards-based learning targets, analyzingassessment data, and using instructional strategies to provideeffective feedback to students. In addition, A Teacher’sGuide to Classroom Assessment also covers portfolios, rubrics,checklists, grading practices, and issues of high-stakestesting.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"At a time when educational reform on a global scale calls forunderstanding of assessment practices that enhance studentlearning, this guide should be in every teacher’s hands, inevery administrator’s mind. Some books merely provideinformation for educators; this book changes behaviors."
—Helen M. Parke, manager, research and development, Cisco LearningInstitute

"This book is an excellent tool for any educator or schoolsystem whose mission is the success of each of their students.Status quo will no longer do, and educators will find usefulinformation, suggestions, and motivation in a very usable, easilyunderstood manner. The authors have addressed problems ofassessment and evaluations and different learning stylessuperbly."
—Eva C. Martens, president, Fairview, Oklahoma Board ofEducation

"A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Assessment requiresteachers to re-examine how they plan for and use assessment in theclassroom."
—Carla Lovett, mentoring resource teacher, curriculum andinstructional services, Bay District Schools, Panama City,Florida

"This book shows the teacher, by example, how to use assessmentto improve the quality of learning for each individual student on adaily basis."
—Deanna B. Gooden, parent of a home-schooled child in Georgia

"Butler and McMunn provide both a compelling rationale forchanging classroom assessment and a clear model for doingso."
—Glenda Carter, associate professor of science education, NorthCarolina State University

"In an environment of high-stakes testing, the most effectiveeducators understand that assessment should aim to improve bothlearning and teaching. Thanks to the experience of veteraneducators Nancy McMunn and Susan Butler, teachers engaged inimplementing standards-based curriculum can use this book as aguide to demystify assessment and make it a part of a comprehensiveinstructional plan in every school. Tests teach; what we learn fromthem depends on our existing knowledge of their purposes and usesin our classrooms. This book should be considered a primer for alleducators wishing to implement exemplary programs ofinstruction."
—Judy M. Couey, director of curriculum and instruction,Mississippi Department of Education

"What a powerful book to bring an understanding of assessment tothe classroom teacher. This book is a must-read for any educatorready to ‘bump up’ their practices in theclassroom."
—Hope Reagan, educational consultant and former teacher,Winston-Salem, North Carolina

"Steeped in theory and research, A Teacher’s Guide toClassroom Assessment translates research into proven classroomstrategies that will help any classroom teacher improve studentlearning. It is a must-read for educators facing state and/orfederal accountability."
—Patricia Schenck, district office administrator, Bay District,Panama City, Florida

"A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Assessment reflectsthe authors’ years of experience and understanding of how torelate powerful research and conceptual ideas into clear,accessible language. This book combines both the best research inassessment with practical applications, models, and explanationsthat teachers can use in classrooms."
—Jan Williamson, former North Carolina department of educationlanguage arts and educational consultant

“In this how-to guide for classroom teachers, McMunn andButler offer sound, easy-to-understand ideas for designing goodassessments at all grade levels. Their experiences and examplesfrom both elementary and secondary classroom instruction make theirwork practical and simple to understand."
—Jane Bailey, director of teaching and learning, Petoskey,Michigan

"A real how-to book. Educators involved in the day-to-dayroutine of a classroom—teachers and those who observethem—finally have a ‘go-to’ guide for howto use assessment to make instructional decisions."
—Karen Charles, researcher and developer, RTI, International

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787978778
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/17/2006
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Teacher Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 168,131
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan M. Butler, PH.D. is a faculty member in teachereducation at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida.Formerly, she was senior program specialist in classroom assessmentfor the Assessment, Accountability, and Standards program of theRegional Educational Laboratory housed at the SERVE Center,University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Nancy D. McMunn is project director for classroomassessment for the Assessment, Accountability, and Standardsprogram for the Regional Educational Laboratory housed at the SERVECenter, University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Both authors areformer classroom teachers.

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Table of Contents

Figures, Tables, and Exhibits.

Foreword (Ken O’Connor).



About the Authors.

Introduction: Assessment for Classroom Learning.

1. Understanding the Varieties of Assessment.


2. Unpacking Standards and Benchmarks.

3. Defining Student Expectations.


4. Understanding and Selecting Assessment Methods.

5. Written Products, Portfolio, and Project Assessments.

6. Designing Quality Classroom Assessment Tasks.

7. Creating Useful Scoring Guides.


8. Tracking and Analyzing Results.


9. Revising Feedback and Instructional Plans.

10. Using Assessment to Motivate Students.


11. Rethinking Grading Practices.

12. Challenges of High-Stakes Testing.

Conclusion: An Appeal for Change.

Appendix: Reflection and Discussion Questions.



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