Amplify your assessment literacy. Formative, data-driven, high-stakes–we all know the buzzwords surrounding educational testing. But often times we shelve our understanding of these terms because we think they are overwhelmingly complex. After all, isn’t that why we have “experts” crafting assessments? Those who care about our schools and students–teachers, administrators, policymakers, parents, citizens–will find The ABCs of Educational Testing the first accessible explanation of how and why having a fundamental understanding of educational testing is so important. Inappropriate tests are currently leading to harmful decision-making, and this book gives you everything you need to know to change that, including • The purposes of tests • The difference between and importance of reliability and validity • How to build tests with fairness • The importance of students’ affect Using a nontechnical and conversational approach, this book offers fundamental knowledge to free you from testing fogginess–all framed around practical actions you can take today to strengthen your assessment literacy for tomorrow.

Behind Standardized Testing’s Cloudy Curtain

Behind Standardized Testing’s Cloudy Curtain

Most educators understand the fundamentals of what goes on when a teacher-made test is born, because at some point in their careers most educators have been obliged to crank out such tests. Indeed, most of today’s experienced teachers have personally constructed hundreds—if not thousands—of tests for their own students. There’s little mystery about the creation of classroom tests because, by definition, teacher-made tests are made by teachers.

Of course, teachers vary in the skills they use to generate a classroom test. Surely, not all teacher-made tests are created equal—at least not equal in quality. Nonetheless, there’s a widespread recognition among educators regarding the chief activities required when teachers gin up their own classroom tests. Numerous variations ...

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