Classroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know

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Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2005 - Education - 370 pages
"" I have an extremely high opinion of this textbook. This is the only assessment text I have ever used that students actually read consistently. Students frequently comment about their enjoyment of the text and their appreciation for the humor injected throughout the chapters." "
Marcy Blackburn, Cameron University

"" The topics are presented very clearly, are very well organized, and are sufficiently comprehensive for pre-service teachers." "
Brian C. McKevitt, Iowa State University

Written in Jim Popham's characteristic witty style, the Fourth Edition of "Classroom Assessment" addresses the range of assessments that teachers are likely to use in their classrooms. The forces of accountability have changed educational assessment and this new edition now addresses the central issue of how classroom assessment can effectively benefit students when carried out in the context of accountability tests. New legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and issues such as state standards that directly impact classroom testing and teaching, are discussed to present readers with a series of practical action options. In addition, the text continues to analyze more traditional topics such as validity and reliability and discusses the alternative assessments used in today's classrooms.

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Assessment versus Testing
Why Should Teachers Know about Assessment? Yesteryears Answers
What Do Classroom Teachers Really Need to Know about Assessment?

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About the author (2005)

W. James Popham has spent the bulk of his educational career as a teacher. His first teaching assignment, for example, was in a small eastern Oregon high school where he taught English and social studies while serving as yearbook advisor, class sponsor, and unpaid tennis coach. That recompense meshed ideally with the quality of his coaching.

Most of Dr. Popham's teaching career took place at UCLA where, for nearly 30 years, he taught courses in instructional methods for prospective teachers as well as courses in evaluation and measurement for graduate students. At UCLA he won several distinguished teaching awards. In January 2000, he was recognized by UCLA Today as one of UCLA's top 20 professors of the 20th century. (He notes that the 20th century was a full-length century, unlike the current abbreviated one.) In 1992, he took early retirement from UCLA upon learning that emeritus professors received free parking.

Because at UCLA he was acutely aware of the perishability of professors who failed to publish, he spent his non-teaching hours affixing words to paper. The result: over 25 books, 200 journal articles, 50 research reports, and 175 papers presented before research societies. Although not noted in his official vita, while at UCLA he also authored 1,426 grocery lists.

His most recent books are Classroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know, 4th Ed. (2005) and Assessment for Educational Leaders (2006), Allyn & Bacon; The Truth About Testing: An Educator's Call to Action (2001) and Test Better, Teach Better: the Instructional Role of Assessment (2003), ASCD; America's "Failing" Schools: How Parents and Teachers Can Cope with No Child Left Behind (2005) and Mastering Assessment: A Self-Service System for Educators (2006), RoutledgeFalmer. He encourages purchase of these books because he regards their semi-annual royalties as psychologically reassuring.

In 1978, Dr. Popham was elected to the presidency of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He was also the founding editor ofEducational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a quarterly journal published by AERA. He has attended each year's AERA meeting since his first in 1958. He is inordinately compulsive.

In 1968, Dr. Popham established IOX Assessment Associates, an R&D group that formerly created statewide student achievement tests for a dozen states. He has personally passed all of those tests, largely because of his unlimited access to the tests' answer keys.

In 2002 the National Council on Measurement in Education presented him with its Award for Career Contributions to Educational Measurement. In 2006 he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the National Association of Test Directors. Dr. Popham's complete 42-page, single-spaced vita can be requested. It is really dull reading.

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