Scoring Rubrics in the Classroom: Using Performance Criteria for Assessing and Improving Student Performance

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Corwin Press, 2001 - Education - 189 pages
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This book is designed to help teachers: clarify the targets of instruction, especially for hard-to-define problem solving; provide valid and reliable assessment of student learning; and improve student motivation and achievement by helping students understand the nature of quality for performances and products. Each chapter is framed by an essential question and includes illustrative stories, practical examples, tips and cautions, and a summary of key points and recommended resources for further information. The six chapters are: (1) "Mapping the Terrain" (what performance criteria and rubrics are and how they can support instruction and improve student achievement); (2) "Choices, Choices, Choices" (what types of rubrics exist and how they are best used); (3) "Developing Rubrics" (how to design effective scoring rubrics); (4) "A Rubric for Rubrics: or, It's Metarubric Time" (how to know when an effective rubric is achieved); (5) "Performance Standards and Grading" (how good good enough is); and (6) "Teaching Performance Criteria to Students"(how to use rubrics to improve and judge student performance). A resources section contains a collection of sample rubrics. (SM)
 

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Contents

Choices Choices Choices
17
Developing Rubrics
33
or Its Metarubric Time
45
Performance Standards and Grading
73
Teaching Performance Criteria to Students
82
Glossary
179
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Jay McTighe brings 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, Jay was involved with school improvement projects at the Maryland State Department of Education where he directed the development of the Instructional Framework, a multimedia database on teaching. Jay is well known for his work with thinking skills, having coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. In addition to his work at the state level, Jay has experience at the district level in Prince George's County, Maryland, as a classroom teacher, resource specialist, and program coordinator. He also directed a state residential enrichment program for gifted and talented students.

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