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Assessment As Learning
Using Classroom Assessment to Maximize Student Learning

First Edition


May 2003 | 152 pages | Corwin

Take the confusion out of assessment, and make it work to enhance the learning process—every day!

Assessment and evaluation are central to educational reform, and they represent major shifts in thinking about learning, about schools, and about teaching. Assessment as Learning represents one of these crucial changes, but it encompasses more than just using a variety of new techniques. The concept of Assessment as Learning allows teachers to use their judgment about children's understanding to inform the teaching process and to determine what to do for individual children.

This timely resource takes the mystery and confusion out of assessment by reframing its purpose in student evaluation and learning. It will provide teachers and school and district administrators with:

  • Mechanisms for effective use of assessment as learning in a variety of contexts
  • Compelling, real-life examples and case studies drawn from the author's own experiences
  • Sample rubrics and lesson plans as well as "Ideas for Follow-up" at the end of each chapter
  • An understanding of the possible confusion surrounding assessment and its place in the learning process
  • A detailed discussion of the changing role of schooling and our increasing knowledge about the complex nature of learning

Learn to embrace assessment, not just as a tool for student evaluation, but as a valuable strategy for everyday classroom learning.


 
Series Editors' Introduction
 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
1. The Evolution of Assessment
"The Case of Standards-Based Assessment"

 
Defining the Future

 
Ideas for Follow-Up

 
 
2. Rethinking Assessment
A Brief History of Assessment

 
Looking for Change in All the Wrong Places

 
Rethinking Assessment for Real Change

 
Purpose is Everything

 
Taking Up the Challenge

 
Classroom Assessment and Large-Scale Reform

 
Ideas for Follow-Up

 
 
3. Assessment of Learning, for Learning, and as Learning
Assessment of Learning

 
Assessment for Learning

 
Assessment as Learning

 
Getting the Balance Right

 
Ideas for Follow-Up

 
 
4. A Focus on Learning
Learning for Understanding

 
Learning Is Hard Work

 
Learning Happens in Context

 
Ideas for Follow-Up

 
 
5. Assessment and Learning
How Does Assessment Contribute to Learning?

 
This is Not Just About Assessment

 
Ideas for Follow-Up

 
 
6. Using Assessment to Identify What Students Believe to Be True
"The Case of the Pool Table"

 
Start With What Students Believe to Be True

 
"The Case of the Bog"

 
Ideas for Follow-Up

 
 
7. Using Assessment to Motivate Learning
Assessment That Motivates

 
"The Case of Othello"

 
Assessment to Reverse Socialization

 
Ideas for Follow-Up

 
 
8. Using Assessment to Make Connections
Curricula as Visible Targets for Learning

 
Plan Learning, Plan Assessment, and Expect the Unexpected

 
"The Case of the Literacy Hour"

 
Differentiation

 
Ideas for Follow-Up

 
 
9. Using Assessment to Extend Learning
Feedback for Learning

 
Rubrics and Exemplars as Tools

 
"The Case of the Brass Band"

 
Ideas, Connections and Extensions (ICE)

 
Ideas for Follow-Up

 
 
10. Using Assessment for Reflection And Self-Monitoring
"The Case of Jojo"

 
Students as Their Own Best Assessors

 
Developing Self-Evaluation Habits of Mind

 
"The Case of Choices"

 
Ideas for Follow-Up

 
 
11.Using Assessment for Optimum Learning
Think About What You Believe to Be True

 
Learn About Learning

 
Know Your Subject

 
Be an Expert Teacher

 
Work Together

 
Be Gentle With Yourself, But Don't Give Up

 
Self-Monitoring and Self-Development for You, Too

 
Get the Support You Need

 
Put It All Together

 
 
References
 
Index
Key features

Based on real teacher's experiences, short and direct 

For instructors

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