Encourage achievement with assessments that promote growth–for every student! Imagine a classroom where students can’t wait to take tests. A dream? Maybe. But when you make restorative assessment part of your classroom culture, your students are more likely to feel safe, ready for challenges, and eager to showcase their knowledge whenever they have the chance. Unlike ordinary testing, restorative assessments offer students multiple ways to demonstrate their learning–promoting equity and reducing conflict in the classroom. Since assessments happen regularly, you have more opportunities to check student progress and tailor your teaching accordingly. In this guide, you’ll find: • Real-world examples of restorative assessment in practice • Cutting-edge research on personalized learning and assessment • Practical strategies for implementation • Action points and reflection questions In today’s diverse classrooms, one-size-fits-all learning is a thing of the past. Empower your teaching–and your students–by mastering restorative assessment and helping every student grow. “Restorative Assessment provides excellent information and training for teachers and an in-depth understanding of students of today. The practices recommended in this book will transform schools and create challenging, healthy learning environments for all children.” Sister Camille Anne Campbell, President Mount Carmel Academy “Why waste time on assessment for just more data when you can have assessment that is restorative and intentionally creates more learning opportunities for all students? This book offers the structure for a purpose-driven assessment system that uses student-centered formative assessments as a means to respond to learning, re-engage students and immediately deliver specific, appropriate instruction to allow all students to succeed.” Renee Peoples, Teaching and Learning Coach Swain West Elementary
Chapter Goals/Key Ideas
- Bring together the best practice in teaching, learning, and assessing
- Return assessment to its roots through principled and purposeful practice
- Nurture an inclusive and sustainable assessment climate
- Tests are neither good nor bad—it is the purpose, effect, and use of the tests
- Restorative assessment works for all learners
In education, it is understood that the greatest learning takes place when the purpose is clear, prior knowledge is activated, growth is monitored, students are engaged and supported, functional feedback is provided, and multiple assessment methods are used. No wonder students get frustrated when they are told that today they will learn about the Renaissance, are asked what they know about it, complete structured notes on a video, and at the conclusion take a multiple-choice test.
Even when teachers ...