1st Edition

The ABCs of Curriculum-Based Evaluation
A Practical Guide to Effective Decision Making

  • This format cannot be shipped to your selected country.
  • The Taylor & Francis Group cannot sell Guilford Press products in your shipping region.
ISBN 9781462513529
Published March 5, 2014 by Guilford Press
328 Pages

USD $36.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This book provides a practical guide to curriculum-based evaluation (CBE), which helps educators solve learning problems by making data-based decisions about what and how to teach. CBE offers clear procedures for analyzing PreK-12 students' academic skills, determining where instruction needs to focus, and evaluating progress. Written in an engaging, step-by-step style, the book features examples throughout that illustrate the problem-solving process. The use of curriculum-based measurement (CBM) as a data collection technique is discussed. Reproducible planning and implementation tools are included; the large-size format and lay-flat binding facilitate photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by T. Chris Riley-Tillman.

See also The ABCs of CBM: A Practical Guide to Curriculum-Based Measurement, by Michelle K. Hosp, John L. Hosp, and Kenneth W. Howell, which provides hands-on instructions for implementing a core technique used in CBE.

Table of Contents

1. What Is Curriculum-Based Evaluation and Why Should I Do It?
2. Foundations of CBE
3. Overview of the CBE Process of Inquiry
4. CBE Process Phase 1: Fact Finding
5. CBE Process Phase 2: Summative Decision Making
6. CBE Process Phase 3: Formative Decision Making
7. Troubleshooting the CBE Process
8. Keeping the CBE Process Going
9. Conclusion

View More



John L. Hosp, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Iowa. His research focuses on aspects of implementing response to intervention (RTI), including disproportionate representation of minority students in special education and aligning assessment and instruction, particularly in the areas of CBM and CBE. Dr. Hosp has conducted workshops nationally and has authored over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and books, including The ABCs of CBM: A Practical Guide to Curriculum-Based Measurement (with Michelle K. Hosp and Kenneth W. Howell).

Michelle K. Hosp, PhD, is Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center. A nationally known trainer and speaker on problem solving and the use of progress monitoring data, she has worked as a trainer with the National Center on Progress Monitoring and the National Center on Response to Intervention, and is currently on the technical review committee for the National Center on Intensive Intervention. Her research focus is on reading and data-based decision making in relation to CBM and CBE. Dr. Hosp has published articles and conducted workshops both at the state and national level.

Kenneth W. Howell, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Special Education at Western Washington University. A former general and special education teacher and school psychologist, Dr. Howell’s primary focus has been on students with learning problems and behavioral difficulties (including adjudicated youth). He has presented nationally and internationally on CBE, RTI, juvenile corrections, and social skills, and has published extensively in the areas of CBE, CBM, and problem solving.

Randy Allison, MEd, EdS, is the owner of Educational Solutions, LLC, where he provides consultative services to education agencies and school districts. He also teaches at Iowa State University. Mr. Allison began his career as a school psychologist. He then joined Heartland Area Education Agency as Supervisor of School Psychology and Coordinator of Systems Supports and Educational Results, ultimately becoming the Director of Special Education. He also worked at the Iowa Department of Education as the Consultant for Data-Based Decision Making and Progress Monitoring. He has written, presented, and consulted widely on problem-solving processes and RTI.


"Here in one place is basic information on the foundations of CBE, explicit guidance on implementation, and useful information on solving student academic problems. This book will serve as a very useful primer on CBE for school personnel. The authors are four of the leading researchers and practitioners in academic assessment, diagnosis, and problem solving."--James E. Ysseldyke, PhD, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota

"A 'must read' for anyone involved in designing, implementing, and evaluating instruction. In an era of increased accountability for student outcomes, this book offers a practical framework for collecting assessment information that is directly related to intervention and program planning. The authors use humor and practical examples to teach the different phases, actions, and questions that make up the CBE process. This is an excellent resource for all educators."--Kimberly Gibbons, PhD, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, University of Minnesota

"This book fills a gap in the literature by providing a systematic framework for data-based instructional problem solving. CBE informs my practice as a district program evaluation coordinator. It facilitates the kind of effective, efficient decision making needed to help students meet Common Core standards. I plan to use The ABCs of Curriculum-Based Evaluation not only for my own reference, but also for professional development of inservice teachers and preservice training of education and school psychology students."--Rob Richardson, PhD, NCSP, Program Evaluation Coordinator, Canyons School District; Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah

"As educators, how do we know what specific skills learners are struggling with, and how can we tell if our interventions are actually working? The approach in this thoughtful book strengthens what is often the weakest link in a school’s RTI system: diagnostic assessment. Every school psychologist, instructional coach, and special education teacher should use CBE as a foundational practice."--Michele Pettit, SSP, school psychologist, Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"An exceptional contribution to educational practice and training. Practical and user friendly, the book is grounded in a foundation of research. It contains a wealth of useful tools to guide problem solving and decision making, including action steps, guiding questions, checklists, forms, and troubleshooting tips. This book will be invaluable for school professionals working in teams to improve student outcomes. I will definitely recommend adopting it as a text in our School Psychology Program. Our training model is founded in problem solving and data-based decision making; this book is aligned with that approach and provides excellent conceptual understanding and practical application."--Janet L. Graden, PhD, School Psychology Program, University of Cincinnati