Teacher-made Assessments: How to Connect Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Learning

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Eye On Education, 2008 - Education - 198 pages
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Assessment is not only a measure of student learning, but a means to student learning. Teacher-Made Assessments guides you in constructing and using your own classroom tests and rubrics to improve student achievement. A practical and accessible resource for classroom teachers, it will help you make assessment integral to both teaching and learning.
 

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Contents

Reliability 41
41
What Does It Mean to Have a Valid and Reliable Test? 49
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3 How Do I Create a Good Test? 55
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Unpack the Standards 57
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Create a Table of Specifications 67
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Clarify Why When and Where to Assess Students Learning 73
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Determine Types of Assessment Items 75
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Determine the Number of Assessment Items by Type 78
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A Science and an Art 124
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5 How Do I Create Good SupplyResponse Items? 127
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FillintheBlank or Completion Items 128
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Short Answer Items 130
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Essays 133
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Bias 139
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Principles for Tapping Higher Cognitive Levels of Learning Through Short Answer and Essay Items 140
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Developing Rubrics for Scoring Short Answer and Essay Items 146
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Write Test Items That Are Valid and Reliable 80
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Construct a Scoring Key andor Rubric 82
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Administer the Test 83
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Score the Test and Analyze the Results 84
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A Note about the 10 Steps 87
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4 How Do I Create Good SelectResponse Items? 91
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Some Basic Rules for Writing SelectResponse Items 92
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TrueFalse Items 94
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Matching 98
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Multiple Choice Items 102
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Bias 112
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Some Principles for Tapping Higher Cognitive Levels of Learning through Multiple Choice Items 114
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Tips for Applying a Rubric 152
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A Deliberate Approach 154
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6 Providing Feedback from Tests to Support Student Learning 157
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Grading 159
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Formative Feedback 164
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The Tacit Outcomes of Feedback 174
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7 How Can I Constructively Influence Professional Practice in My School? 179
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Constructively Influencing the Professional Practice of Others 185
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Summing Up Teacher Leadership of Assessment 189
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Glossary of Terms 191
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The Student Evaluation Standards 197
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Christopher R. Gareis, EdD, is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He is a former high school and middle school English teacher, as well as a middle school assistant principal and principal. He also directed the teacher preparation program at William and Mary as Associate Dean, and he continues the work of developing a network of partnership schools and clinical faculty in support of preservice teacher preparation and novice teachers. He has worked with school districts, state departments of education, and schools in the areas of teacher compensation, personnel evaluation, strategic planning, facilities planning, teacher preparation, mentoring, and curriculum development. In addition to these areas, his research interests include teacher leadership and principal efficacy., is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He is a former high school and middle school English teacher, as well as a middle school assistant principal and principal. He also directed the teacher preparation program at William and Mary as Associate Dean, and he continues the work of developing a network of partnership schools and clinical faculty in support of preservice teacher preparation and novice teachers. He has worked with school districts, state departments of education, and schools in the areas of teacher compensation, personnel evaluation, strategic planning, facilities planning, teacher preparation, mentoring, and curriculum development. In addition to these areas, his research interests include teacher leadership and principal efficacy.

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