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.

Empowering Students with the Results of Their Learning

Empowering students with the results of their learning

Research on student learning has determined that feedback is “the most powerful single modification” that enhances student achievement and that the “simplest prescription for improving education is ‘dollops of feedback’” (Hattie, 1992, p. 9). Yet, as teachers, we all have encountered students who don't listen to or seem to value our feedback. Though we spend hours grading and writing comments on our students' work, often they just look at the grade then crumple the paper and toss it in the wastebasket, hoping a friend will credit them with “two points.”

Frankly, the difference between good students and weak students is that good students are able to absorb our feedback and use ...

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