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.

Formative Assessment : Instructional Magic?

Formative Assessment: Instructional Magic?

One of the frequently stressed themes of this book’s dip into educational testing is that such testing should not be seen as intimidating or complicated. On the contrary, as has often been reiterated, educational testing is, in essence, a set of commonsense procedures focused on figuring out what’s going on inside students’ skulls. Putting it differently, educational measurement’s mission is to help us make accurate, actionable inferences about students’ unseen knowledge and skills.

Well, this chapter on formative assessment attempts to drive that point home with zeal. What you’ll be reading about is a marvelous instructional strategy that happens to be rooted in classroom assessment. It’s an assessment-based teaching strategy that, after its bells and whistles have ...

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