1st Edition

Formative Assessment in a Professional Learning Community





ISBN 9781596671676
Published January 25, 2011 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

The ideas and examples in this book help teachers successfully collaborate to raise student achievement through the use of formative assessments. Here, Todd Stanley and Betsy Moore, educators with over 40 years of combined experience, offer proven formative assessment strategies to teachers in a professional learning community.

Contents include:

  • Why a PLC?
  • How to Work Effectively in a Group
  • How to Write Assessments
  • Adjustments in the Classroom
  • Keeping Up with Collaboration

If you’re looking to extend the benefits of formative assessments throughout your school, this user-friendly guide will help to unite teachers in improving classroom learning!

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Use Short-Cycle Assessments in a Professional Learning Community? 1. Why Work in a Professional Learning Community (PLC)?

What is a PLC?
Advantages to Working in a PLC
Disadvantages to Working in a PLC
Different Types of PLCs
2. How to Work Effectively in a Group
Creating a Good Group Environment Using Norms
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
Group Building Activities
Cancer in the Clubhouse
Good Meetings vs. Bad Meetings
3. Starting the SCORE Process
What Does Everyone Know?
Understanding the Standards
Identifying the Level of the Standards According to Bloom's
Coding the Test
4. Aligning the Curriculum
Figuring Your Pacing Chart
Types of Pacing Charts
Identifying Power Standards
Skills Needed for Success in the Area
More...
5. Writing Assessments
Design Assessments to Standards
How to Work as a Group on Short-Cycle Assessments
The Format of the Questions
How to Write the Questions
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6. Administering and Grading the Assessments
Administering the Assessment
Creating the Proper Environment
Creating the Answer Key
Anchoring
7. Data Analysis
Looking at the Results
Organizing the Data
Why Analyze as a PLC Group?
Leaving Your Ego at the Door
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8. Adjustments in the Classroom
Data-Based Instructional Adjustments
How to Use the Data to Make Adjustments
Grouping of Students
Chances for Collaboration
9. Keeping Up With Collaboration
Revising the Process
Revisiting Assessments
Celebrate Your Success
Classroom Visits
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Epilogue
BluePrints for the Process
References

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