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What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Assessment

2nd Edition

By Leslie Walker Wilson


168 pages

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This is the second edition of a highly successful book, previously titled Better Instruction Through Assessment: What Your Students Are Trying to Tell You. The revision was undertaken to respond to the No Child Left Behind legislation, which has changed the way we must look at students' achievement data. This book shows you how to:

- get the most out of your state's high stakes standardized tests

- use test results to make the right decisions about how to teach the students in your class

- avoid becoming a victim of accountability systems

- infuse "test savvy" into everyday instruction.

It covers a wide variety of types of assessments, from classroom-based, teacher created tests to state-mandated, high stakes standardized tests, both selected response and performance assessment. Unlike traditional "textbooks," this book was written specifically for practicing teachers and administrators. It contains real-world examples which demonstrate the role of assessment in a teacher's daily work. It is filled with actual student responses and scenarios based on real life situations faced by teachers.

Table of Contents

- Why Do We Need To Know About Assessment

Be the Best You Can Be

No Child Left Behind

Teaching to the Test?

- What You Must Know About the Assessments You Administer

Standardized tests

Types of Scores

Putting It Into Practice

- Essential Measurement Concepts Measurement Error


Standard Error of Measurement



Limitations of Assessment Data

Putting It Into Practice

- Preparing Your Student To Show What They Know

Test Taking Skills

The Classroom Assessment

Developing Your Own Assessments

Using Assessment Data

Putting It Into Practice

- Threats To Validity

What to Do with Invalid Test Results

Questions to Guide Data Analysis

Putting It Into Practice

- Using Assessment Results to Identify Instructional Needs

Making Observations

Some Actual Student Responses

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