“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 6: Harnessing the Power of Collective Wisdom
Harnessing the Power of Collective Wisdom
Formative assessments are assessments for learning. Who learns? Our students learn, but so do we. We learn about what our students know and what they don't know, and we have the information we need to define next steps for their learning. We also learn about our own teaching and which of our materials and methods work and which don't.
Our new knowledge gives us the power to transform our classrooms, motivate our students, and help all of our students reach learning targets and higher levels of learning. Our new knowledge also lets us know that some of our methods and materials are not so effective, that there are gaps in our own knowledge that need ...