Modern Classroom Assessment offers an applied, student-centered guide to the major research-based approaches to assessment in today's modern classroom. Rather than simply list basic assessment formats with a few examples, as many textbooks do, award-winning professor and scholar Bruce Frey's book fully explores all five key approaches for teacher-designed assessment—Traditional Paper-and-Pencil, Performance-Based Assessment, Formative Assessment, Universal Test Design, and Authentic Assessment —while making abstract concepts and guidelines clear with hundreds of real-world illustrations and examples of what actual teachers do. Offering a variety of engaging learning tools and realistic stories from the classroom, this text will give any reader a strong foundation for designing modern assessments in their own classrooms.

Modern Classroom Assessment

Modern classroom assessment

Looking Ahead in this Chapter

The world of classroom assessment is different now than in the old days. Modern classrooms use a wide variety of assessment approaches depending on the purpose of the assessment and the teacher's philosophy.


After studying this chapter, you should be able to define the five approaches to modern classroom assessment:

  • Traditional paper-and-pencil assessment
  • Performance-based assessment
  • Formative assessment
  • Authentic assessment
  • Universal test design

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