“There is now compelling research that assessment can be used to improve both student learning and professional practice. Nancy Sindelar provides practical examples of how teachers, teams, schools, and districts are using assessment to drive continuous improvement.”
–Richard Dufour, Educational Author and Consultant
“This book provides specific strategies to unlock the mystery of data, outlining step-by-step processes on how to use it to impact teaching and create tools to keep students actively involved in their improved learning.”
–Gail Gorry, Principal
Frontier Elementary School, Payson, AZ
Education Talk Radio: 3/7/2011; We Are Teachers: 4/2011
Everything you need to become an assessment-powered teacher is right here!
Knowledge is power, and this book puts assessment data and instruction together in a step-by-step format. Instead of dreading the time testing takes from teaching, you can harness its power to define learning targets, build standards-based assessments, gather and use test data in the classroom, and develop data-driven teaching strategies. Assessment expert Nancy W. Sindelar provides practical tools that help teachers:
Use formative and summative assessment results to enhance instruction; Motivate students by providing clear learning targets; Utilize technology to analyze students' progress; Raise test scores
Included are testimonials from teachers, numerous data analysis examples, rubrics, and a chapter on culturally diverse schools. Designed to be adaptable, this book is a powerful resource for teachers, teacher teams, and all educators dedicated to enhancing student learning.
Teachers are being asked to test, test, test, but many schools do little with the test results other than sort students into various categories of proficiency or lack thereof. Some teachers feel testing has taken the joy out of teaching. Others believe valuable instructional time has been lost as a result of testing.
Yet as 2014 approaches, the deadline according to NCLB for when all students must meet or exceed standards, we, as teachers, are under increasing pressure to make certain our students meet standards and our schools meet adequate yearly progress. Now, more than ever, we need to embrace testing as a valuable classroom tool to guide instruction, use the efficient technological resources that are available for test scoring and analysis, and profit from ...