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

Restoring Balance

Restoring Balance

Chapter Goals/Key Ideas

  • Assessment is a continuous process that informs teaching and learning.
  • Balance and equity in assessment are the pathways to student success.
  • Continuously embed assessments to strengthen learning and inform instruction.
  • Emphasize seamless integration of diverse methods rather than silos of assessment.
  • Balanced systems unite audience, purpose, and process to meet the needs of all learners.

The Importance of Balance

Assessment is out of balance. Even presidents have acknowledged that assessments must be worthy of our time, of high quality, designed to enhance teaching and learning, and give a well-rounded picture of how students and schools are doing (“Obama Administration,” 2015). A balanced approach is a coherent and comprehensive approach. It uses ongoing and embedded assessment while actively depending on growth measures. Multiple methods are valued ...

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