1st Edition

The College Classroom Assessment Compendium
A Practical Guide to the College Instructor’s Daily Assessment Life

ISBN 9781138240261
Published December 6, 2017 by Routledge
254 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

The College Classroom Assessment Compendium provides new and seasoned instructors with comprehensive strategies, perspectives, and solutions for the daily challenges and issues involved in student assessment. Composed of cross-referenced, research-based entries organized for effective and immediate access, this book provides systematic explanations of assessment policies and practices, including guidelines for classroom implementation. Situated beyond the techniques covered in most instructor training and preparation, these practical entries draw from a variety of disciplines and offer an invaluable reference for college instructors interested in developing coherent, reliable classroom assessment climates.

Table of Contents


Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

1. Introduction

2. Align Assessments to Learning Objectives

3. Assessment Philosophy

4. Assessment Plan

5. Attendance

6. Beneficence

7. Borderline Grade Cases

8. Cheat Sheets or Crib Sheets

9. Cheating and Plagiarism

10. Collaborative Testing

11. Compensatory and Conjunctive Grading

12. Contract Grading and Learning Contracts

13. Criterion-Referenced Grading Approaches

14. Design Assessments First

15. Drop a Question

16. Drop the Lowest Grade

17. Effort

18. Equity

19. Evaluation Anxiety

20. Extra Credit

21. Fairness

22. Feedback

23. Feedback Timing


25. Formative and Summative Assessments

26. Gatekeeping

27. Grade Explanation

28. Grade Feeding Frenzy

29. Grade Inflation

30. Groupwork

31. Humor

32. Incomplete Grades

33. Late Work

34. Learning-Oriented Assessment

35. Low Test Scores

36. Make-up Exams

37. Mastery Opportunities

38. Missing Assignments

39. Non-Cognitive Factors

40. Norm-Referenced Grading Approaches

41. Not Everything That Matters Must Be Graded

42. Online Assessment and Authentication

43. Online Discussions

44. Online Test Security

45. Open-book Exams

46. Our Policy on Policies

47. Participation

48. Peer Assessment

49. Personal Disclosures

50. Pop Quizzes

51. Prior Knowledge

52. Quizzing Frequency

53. Rubrics

54. Scoring Essay Tests, Papers, or Assignments

55. Selected- and Constructed-response Questions

56. Self-assessment

57. Student Choice

58. Take-Home Exams

59. Test Security

60. Zero Grades



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Jay Parkes is Chair of the Department of Individual, Family, and Community Education and Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico, USA.

Dawn Zimmaro is Director of Learning Design and Assessment at the Open Learning Initiative at Stanford University, USA.


"The College Classroom Assessment Compendium hits the sweet spot where expert substance meets collegial counsel. The table of contents reads like a ‘greatest hits’ of the assessment topics that college educators must continually address, and the book is packed with gems of practical, in-the-moment advice and the research to back them up. I expect this Compendium will become a relied-upon companion for both faculty and faculty developers alike."

—Michael Sweet, Senior Associate Director of the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research at Northeastern University, USA

"Parkes and Zimmaro have created a terrific tool for college classroom assessment that will be useful to both novice and experienced instructors. Organized as brief, readable entries on assessment topics, the book allows users to look up their topic of interest and find the latest research and recommendations. Users of this book will gain confidence in their assessment decisions and garner solid information about student learning that will help both instructors and students."

—Susan M. Brookhart, Professor Emerita in the School of Education at Duquesne University, USA

"The College Classroom Assessment Compendium is a must-have book for all K-16 educators. Each teaching tip, delivered in two-page vignettes, provides practical, research-based wisdom on difficult issues like fairness in grading, extra credit, or turning in late work. As a teacher and administrator for the past three decades, this is the FIRST resource to which I would direct any faculty member with an interest in improving their craft."

—Joseph Gerda, Professor of Mathematics at College of the Canyons, USA