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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.

Making Data-Driven Decisions in the Classroom
Making data-driven decisions in the classroom

Data-driven instruction is powered by the consistent use of formative classroom assessments that are quickly scored and analyzed to provide teachers with the data to inform instruction. Formative assessments assess what our students have learned by using products and tests that are aligned with standards-based learning targets and curricula. Frequently, formative assessments are teacher-created criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) that are used on a regular basis to measure student progress toward identified learning targets. However, formative assessments also include quizzes, writing samples, labs, speeches, and anything that focuses on a clear target and tells us if our students are “getting it.”

Formative assessments improve teaching and learning because they help make our students' thinking and learning visible ...

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