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Developing Performance-Based Assessments, Grades 6-12

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December 2008 | 240 pages | Corwin
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.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Examining the Many Purposes of Assessment
Demystify Performance-Based Assessments

 
Understand the Six Components of Assessment

 
Picture the Continuous Flow of Assessment

 
Know the Reasons for Selecting Your Assessments...

 
Extend With Questions and Activities

 
 
2. Planning Assessments to Promote Understanding
Use Formal and Informal Assessments

 
Become a Data-Driven Teacher

 
Understand Assessment Principles and Practices

 
Watch for Common Errors in Assessing

 
Visualize the Overall Process...

 
Extend With Questions and Activities

 
 
3. Collecting Baseline Data for Preassessments
Set Three Goals to Guide Your Preassessments

 
Question Each of the Six Components of Assessment

 
Keep Anecdotal Records

 
Follow These Guidelines as You Preassess

 
Realize That Assessment Is a Continuous Process...

 
Extend With Questions and Activities

 
 
4. Aligning Appropriate Formative Assessments
Consider the Six Components of Assessment

 
Design Your Curriculum

 
Align Assessments With Curriculum and Instruction

 
Explore Cognition Via Patterns of Thought

 
Plan With Competence and Confidence...

 
Extend With Questions and Activities

 
 
5. Incorporating Learning, Assigning Instruction Followed by Feedback and Correction
Assign Your Instruction and Activities

 
Employ Multiple Instructional Strategies

 
Consider These Assessment Recommendations

 
Include All Kinds of Questions With Your Formative Assessments

 
Optimize the Feedback

 
Involve Your Learners in the Process

 
Have Fun With Formative Assessments...

 
Extend With Questions and Activities

 
 
6. Administering Summative Assessments
Connect to the Goals and Components of Assessment

 
Create Your Summative Assessments

 
Prepare Learners for Summative Assessments

 
Set Your Sights on the Five As

 
Continue the Assessment Cycle...

 
Extend With Questions and Activities

 
 
7. Identifying What to Assess: Inviting the Five Types of Inquiry and Information
Introduce the Five Types of Inquiry

 
Balance Three Conditions With Five Types of Inquiry

 
Delve Into Responses

 
Enhance Variety in Your Inquiries

 
Include All Types of Thinking, Acting, and Feeling...

 
Extend With Questions and Activities

 
 
8. Analyzing How to Assess: Applying the Five Forms of Appraisal and Authentication
Analyze the Five Forms of Appraisal and Authentication

 
Implement Assessments Purposefully

 
Develop Appraisals to Showcase Learning...

 
Extend With Questions and Activities

 
 
9. Creating Assessment Templates and Rubrics
Construct the Assessment Template

 
Build Rubrics

 
Let Your Templates and Rubrics Do the Work for You...

 
Extend With Questions and Activities

 
 
10. Conducting Evaluation and Accountability
Evaluate Accomplishments

 
Account for Progress

 
Concentrate on Your Effectiveness

 
Develop a Performance-Based Assessment Mind-Set...

 
Extend With Questions and Activities

 
 
References and Readings
 
Index

"Contains valuable and timely information for preservice teachers on how to develop appropriate, authentic, and worthwhile assessments."

Deborah S. Yost, Professor of Education
La Salle University

"Tools, activities, and reflective questions guide teachers in creating a nurturing environment for engaging students in relevant and meaningful learning experiences, while developing a deep understanding of self and others."

Linda D. Jungwirth, President, Convening Conversations, Inc
Pepperdine University, CA

Very practical approach to assessment for our teachers.

Dr Melanie Shores
Human Studies Dept, University of Alabama at Birmingham
November 10, 2009

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