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Developing Performance-Based Assessments, Grades 6-12

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December 2008 | 240 pages | Corwin

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"Contains valuable and timely information on how to develop appropriate, authentic, and worthwhile assessments."
—Deborah S. Yost, Professor of Education
La Salle University

Improve student achievement on daily assignments, unit assessments, and standardized tests!

Customizing instructional approaches to a specific educational context and learners' needs is a common challenge for educators. Geared for Grades 6–12, this resource defines performance-based assessments (PBAs) and illustrates how using PBAs can help teachers target specific academic goals for students and foster positive, productive, and practical learning experiences.

Using easy-to-understand terms, the book leads educators through an assessment process that is fully integrated with the daily curriculum and that can result in 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 implement:

  • Preassessments to collect baseline data
  • Formative assessments that yield progress-monitoring data
  • Summative assessments for gathering data that is easy to use

Complete with checklists, frequently asked questions, graphic organizers, activities, and additional resources, Developing Performance-Based Assessments, Grades 6–12 is an ideal tool for engaging students in the learning process.

 
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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