Developing Performance-Based Assessments, Grades 6-12

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Corwin Press, 2009 - Education - 227 pages
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Improve student achievement on daily assignments, unit assessments, and standardized tests!

This book clearly defines performance-based assessments (PBAs) and walks teachers and administrators through the vocabulary, concepts, and practices for conducting an assessment process that is fully integrated with the daily curriculum and can produce significantly improved student performance. The author provides a template for recording assessment data, demonstrates how to create rubrics for teacher/student use, and offers standards-based examples featuring classroom teachers' insights. Readers will discover how to use PBAs to implement:

- preassessments to collect baseline data

- formative assessments that yield progress-monitoring data

- summative assessments for culminating data that is easy-to-use.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Examining the Many Purposes of Assessment
5
Demystify PerformanceBased Assessments
6
Understand the Six Components of Assessment
11
Picture the Continuous Flow of Assessment
15
Know the Reasons for Selecting Your Assessments
21
Chapter 2 Planning Assessments to Promote Understanding
23
Use Formal and Informal Assessments
24
Become a DataDriven Teacher
29
Extend with Questions and Activities
110
Chapter 6 Administering Summative Assessments
113
Connect to the Goals and Components of Assessment
114
Create Your Summative Assessments
115
Prepare Learners for Summative Assessments
120
Set Your Sights on the Five As
123
Continue the Assessment Cycle
131
Inviting the Five Types of Inquiry and Information
133

Understand Assessment Principles and Practices
33
Watch for Common Errors in Assessing
38
Visualize the Overall Process
40
Chapter 3 Collecting Baseline Data for Preassessments
43
Question Each of the Six Components of Assessment
46
Keep Anecdotal Records
54
Follow These Guidelines as You Preassess
56
Realize That Assessment is a Continuous Process
57
Extend with Questions and Activities
58
Chapter 4 Aligning Appropriate Formative Assessments
61
Consider the Six Components of Assessment
62
Design Your Curriculum
64
Align Assessments with Curriculum and Instruction
76
Explore Cognition via Patterns of Thought
79
Plan with Competence and Confidence
81
Chapter 5 Incorporating Learning Assigning Instruction Followed by Feedback and Correction
83
Assign Your Instruction and Activities
84
Employ Multiple Instructional Strategies
90
Consider These Assessment Recommendations
93
Include All Kinds of Questions with Your Formative Assessments
95
Optimize the Feedback
101
Involve Your Learners in the Process
107
Have Fun with Formative Assessments
108
Balance Three Conditions with Five Types of Inquiry
138
Delve Into Responses
144
Enhance Variety in Your Inquiries
145
Include All Types of Thinking Acting and Feeling
146
Applying the Five Forms of Appraisal and Authentication
149
Analyze the Five Forms of Appraisal and Authentication
150
Implement Assessments Purposefully
166
Develop Appraisals to Showcase Learning
171
Chapter 9 Creating Assessment Templates and Rubrics
173
Construct the Assessment Template
174
Build Rubrics
182
Let Your Templates and Rubrics Do the Work for You
199
Extend with Questions and Activities
200
Chapter 10 Conducting Evaluation and Accountability
203
Evaluate Accomplishments
204
Account for Progress
207
Concentrate on Your Effectiveness
210
Develop a PerformanceBased Assessment Mindset
213
Extend with Questions and Activities
215
References and Readings
217
Index
223
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Nancy P. Gallavan is professor of teacher education in the MAT program at the University of Central Arkansas. She worked as an elementary and middle school teacher in the St. Vrain Valley and Cherry Creek School Districts of Colorado for twenty years while earning her master’s degree from the University of Colorado and her PhD from the University of Denver. Prior to her current position, she was an associate professor of teacher education specializing in social studies and multicultural education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gallavan has authored more than sixty publications, including Secrets to Success for Elementary School Teachers (2007) and Secrets to Success for Social Studies Teachers (2008) with Ellen Kottler and What Principals Need to Know About Teaching Social Studies (2003).

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