A Primer for Teachers in the Common Core Era
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This trusted practitioner guide and course text helps K-8 teachers utilize assessment as an integral component of classroom instruction. It guides teachers step by step to recognize good reader behaviors, assess students' strengths and weaknesses, and make evidence-based instructional decisions. Formal and informal measures are discussed for evaluating specific components of literacy, with a focus on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Every chapter features activities for developing understanding; in-depth practice exercises are provided in several appendices. Helpful reproducible tools can be photocopied from the book or downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
New to This Edition
- Chapter on major current initiatives: the CCSS and response to intervention.
- Extensive CCSS content woven throughout the book.
- Expanded coverage of vocabulary assessment, now in its own chapter.
- Checklists to guide the selection of high-quality published instruments.
Table of Contents
"An excellent resource for teachers, coaches, and administrators. The book provides a thorough review of literacy assessment that is updated with crucial connections to the CCSS. The new chapter on vocabulary assessment focuses on word selection. Appendices spell out important questions teachers and coaches should ask when considering the many facets of literacy assessment. I highly recommend this book for literacy assessment coursework both for practicing teachers who are earning master’s degrees and undergraduates preparing for life in the classroom."--Danielle V. Dennis, PhD, Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies, University of South Florida
"Reading this book feels like a conversation with a wise mentor. Caldwell updates her insightful explanation of reading assessment and its ties to instruction by examining them through the lens of the Common Core. She offers practical ideas on how to select, create, and use reading assessments suitable for a response-to-intervention framework. This 'must-have' book offers a great introduction to the complicated topic of reading assessment and should be a staple on the shelves of teachers across the country."--Kristine Marver Lize, MS, literacy coach, School District of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
"Reading Assessment, Third Edition, navigates pathways for using assessment to inform instruction. Caldwell explicitly links assessment practices to the CCSS in very helpful ways. She describes types of literacy tests, their purposes, and their uses within the current educational climate. The book skillfully connects good reader behaviors to the CCSS and shows how to use assessment in a way that benefits both students and teachers. Caldwell's careful explanations and accessible style make this book a useful addition to the professional bookshelf."--Barbara P. Laster, EdD, Department of Educational Technology and Literacy, Towson University
"A timely and valuable resource for general and special educators alike. There are many strengths and great value in this text, particularly in the connections Caldwell draws between the reasons we assess, how to assess as we teach, and instructional implications of assessments. She provides clear discussions of how to conduct informal reading inventories and of the challenges related to administration and scoring that teachers and coaches face on a daily basis. Perhaps most important, this third edition directly addresses the CCSS, as well as ways preservice and practicing teachers can manage the daily demands of high-stakes testing."--Christina R. Carnahan, EdD, Special Education Program, University of Cincinnati