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.

Reporting Results : Where Rubber and Road Meet

Reporting Results: Where Rubber and Road Meet

As has often been mentioned during our six-chapter gallop through Assessment Land, the underlying reason that teachers test students is to arrive at score-based inferences about those students’ covert knowledge and skills. When informed by such inferences, teachers can then make more defensible decisions about how to instruct their students. In a similar manner, once parents of school-age children acquire a reasonably accurate idea of their children’s academic strengths and weaknesses, those parents can then provide at-home activities for children to help remedy weaknesses and build on strengths. By relying on test-based inferences about students’ abilities, both educators and parents are more apt to arrive at appropriate next-step actions. Deriving ...

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