Assessing Learning in the Classroom

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National Education Association, 1998 - Education - 37 pages
The premise of this book is that the primary purpose of classroom assessment is to inform teaching and improve learning, not to sort and select students or to justify a grade. The common principles of effective assessment are covered, and the strengths and limitations of a variety of effective approaches are reviewed. Vignettes illustrate classroom assessment in action, and guiding questions and a framework for planning classroom assessments supplement each discussion. The following chapters are included: (1) "Ongoing Assessment of Student Learning"; (2) "Large-Scale versus Classroom Assessment"; (3) "Effective Classroom Assessment"; (4) "Assessment Approaches and Methods"; (5) "Evaluation Methods and Rules"; and (6) "Communication and Feedback Methods." A glossary is included. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)

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Jay McTighe has a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education.

He served as director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments. Prior to this position, McTighe was involved with school improvement projects at the Maryland State Department of Education. He is well known for work with "thinking skills," having coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. McTighe also directed the development of the Instructional Framework, a multimedia database on teaching.

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