Listed below are selected resources for teachers related to assessment design.
Assessment: Evidence-based teaching for enquiring teachers, by Chris Atherton
Grades: K-12. Provides a critical overview of assessment, taking an evidence-based approach, with balanced and reflective consideration given to arguments around various approaches to assessment in schools. Offers practical advice on how to implement such evidence-based models reflectively evaluating their success.
Grades: K-12. This book provides readers with an understanding of the role that technology as a tool for learning must play in the education of today’s students. It details three types of assessment that richly inform teacher practice: assessment as learning, assessment for learning, and assessment of learning.
Grades: K-12. The author presents a variety of techniques for kickstarting students’ demonstrations of what they’ve learned, including “in your own words” activities, physical activities, games and game shows, and more.
Grades: 9-12. This book includes 50 starters and 50 plenaries which have been crafted to fit with the structure of teaching, rather than specific content. The activities are organized into useful divisions such as Assessment for Learning, Concepts, and Learning Objectives, and each includes a brief rationale for the activity.
Grades: K-6. The author presents strategies for the elementary classroom which engage students in activity and reflection, and which allow for the integration of teaching, learning and assessment. Strategies include such things as “the week in review”, “I can teach”, “letting questions percolate”, and more.
Learning to love assessment: Unraveling complexities and generating solutions, by Sherah Betts Carr and Anaya L. Bryson
Grades: K-12. The authors offer concrete techniques for educators at all levels to cultivate and implement over 50 effective classroom assessment strategies, including formative, student peer and self-assessment; data dialogues, technological tools, and PBL3 (problem, project and performance-based) assessments.
A guide to documenting learning: Making thinking visible, meaningful, shareable, and amplified, by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano and Janet A. Hale
Grades: K-12. This book helps educators explore what learning is by presenting ways in which they can look for, capture, reflect on, and share learning to foster meaningful and active student engagement.
Grades: K-12. The new edition of this book emphasizes formative assessment, and includes in-depth coverage of self-assessment; the impact of standards-based accountability testing, 21st-century knowledge, dispositions and skills; technology-enhanced items; and assessment of culturally diverse students.
Grades: K-12. The author offers strategies for ensuring that grades measure what students know without punishing them for factors outside their control; examining the fairness and effectiveness of grading homework assignments; designing and distributing unit plans that make assessment criteria clear to students; and creating a flexible and modular retesting system so that students can improve their scores on individual sections of important tests.
Assessing young children, by Gayle Mindes and Lee Ann Jung
Grades: K-3. This book addresses a broad range of assessment issues in early childhood and discusses how to deliver an effective educational program for all young children It prepares teachers to assess young children in a variety of settings, including inclusive environments, and also discusses working with children from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Rethinking grading: Meaningful assessment for standards-based learning, by Cathy Vatterott
Grades: K-12. The author examines and debunks traditional practices and policies of grading in K-12 schools, offering a new paradigm for standards-based grading that focuses on student mastery of content and gives concrete examples from elementary, middle, and high schools. (Also available online.)
Restorative assessment: Strengths-based practices that support all learners, by Laura M. Greenstein
Grades: K-12. Unlike ordinary testing, restorative assessments offer students multiple ways to demonstrate their learning, which promotes equity and reduces conflict. This book provides real-world examples of restorative assessment in practice, research on personalized learning and assessment, and practical strategies for implementation.
Note: you may find the subject heading “educational tests and measurements” to be useful in finding additional materials.
Finding More Resources
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