“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.
Chapter 1: Using the Power of Assessment
Using the Power of Assessment
Assessment of student learning is nothing new. The word assess dates back to the Medieval Latin word assidere, which means to sit by or attend (Scott Foresman, 1988), and attending to students' learning by using a variety of assessment strategies always has been a trademark of good teaching. Assessments show us what our students know before instruction begins, whether or not our students are understanding the lesson while it is being delivered, as well as what, if anything, our students have learned from the lesson.
Effective teachers use multiple forms of assessment. In addition to tests and quizzes, we position ourselves in classrooms and labs to visually attend to all students' learning and behavior while delivering instruction. ...