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2nd Edition

What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Assessment

ISBN 9781930556898
Published September 29, 2004 by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

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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