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Test Better, Teach Better: The Instructional Role of Assessment
     

Test Better, Teach Better: The Instructional Role of Assessment

by W. James Popham
 

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ISBN-10: 0871206676

ISBN-13: 9780871206671

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development

The right kinds of tests, correctly applied, can help every teacher become a better teacher. But unless you know the nuts and bolts of effective test design and application, you may be collecting the wrong data; misinterpreting data; and drawing offbase conclusions about what students know and can do, what to teach next, and how effective your instruction has

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The right kinds of tests, correctly applied, can help every teacher become a better teacher. But unless you know the nuts and bolts of effective test design and application, you may be collecting the wrong data; misinterpreting data; and drawing offbase conclusions about what students know and can do, what to teach next, and how effective your instruction has been.

In Test Better, Teach Better, assessment expert W. James Popham explores the links between assessment and instruction and provides a jargonfree look at classroom and largescale test construction, interpretation, and application. Featuring sample items, testing tips, and recommended resources, this "crash course" in instructionally focused assessment includes

  • The four types of instructional decisions that testing will illuminate.
  • What you really need to know about measurement concepts like validity, reliability, and bias.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of various test formats and experiencebased rules for creating great items in each.
  • The benefits of assessing student affect and guidelines for doing it in your own classroom.

In addition, Popham offers practical advice for dealing with today's myriad testing targets and explains how standardsbased achievement tests currently don't (but could) provide both accountability evidence and useful instructional information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871206671
Publisher:
Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
574,260
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.40(d)

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