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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

Podcasts:

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.

Creating a Data-Driven Instructional System
Creating a data-driven instructional system

If the concept of using test analysis to empower teaching and learning in your classroom has caught your interest, this chapter will show you how to get started in the process. Whether an individual teacher, a team of teachers, or an entire school embraces the concept, the steps for setting up a data-driven instructional system are nearly the same.

Identifying standards-based learning targets is key to answering the question, “What should students know?” and the analysis of your students' answers to standards-based formative and summative assessments is how you will answer the question “How will I know if they know it?” This process of assessing learning targets gives us, as teachers, regular and timely feedback regarding our ...

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