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.

Students’ Affect : Underappreciated, Undermeasured

Students’ Affect: Underappreciated, Undermeasured

Have you ever watched kindergarten children head off to school? If so, can you remember how flat-out happy they were—just to be going to school? Well I’ve seen more than my share of kindergartners racing through their school’s doors and, in almost every instance, those youngsters’ faces displayed unbridled joy. After all, they were “going to school!”

Well, if you could somehow rent a time-travel machine, then flash ahead for a few years as those very same children arrive at school—watching them as they enter the very same school through the very same doors—you’d be struck by substantial changes in many. Oh, of course, some would still be joyful about arriving at school, but far too many ...

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