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Differentiated Assessment Strategies

Differentiated Assessment Strategies
One Tool Doesn't Fit All

Second Edition

November 2011 | 216 pages | Corwin

Boost student achievement with easy-to-use formative assessment tools

In this second edition of the bestseller, the authors provide research-based and practical formative assessment tools, strategies, and activities that simplify the process of identifying students' strengths and needs. Updated features include a new chapter on exciting ways to engage learners in self-assessment; more tools for assessing before, during, and after learning; and approaches to help students take ownership of their own learning. Differentiated Assessment Strategies gives teachers:

  • Formative assessment strategies for all grade levels and content areas
  • Tools for interpreting ongoing assessment data for immediate intervention and planning
  • Assessment strategies that provide immediate feedback to teachers and learners
  • Methods for determining learner preferences, cognitive styles, and multiple intelligences
  • Tips for establishing a positive environment for assessment

Included are surveys, checklists, questionnaires, assignments, graphic organizers, portfolio work samples, rubrics, and more. These user-friendly tools are valuable for assessing all students, informing instruction, and accommodating learners' individual needs. The final chapter pulls it all together and shows how to integrate formative assessment to improve student achievement.

About the Authors
1. One Tool Doesn't Fit All: Introduction
What Is Differentiated Assessment?  
Analyzing Your View of Differentiated Assessment  
Building the Toolbox to "Zap the Gaps"  
Assessment in the Age of Accountability  
What Is the Teacher's Role in Differentiated Assessment?  
Opening the Toolbox  
2. Bringing Research and Best Practices to Differentiated Formative Assessment
Processing Information and Memory  
Why Students Forget and Why They Remember  
Assist the Brain in Memory Processing  
Develop Intelligent Behaviors for Assessment  
Authentic Assessment  
Performance Feedback  
3. Creating a Climate for Formative Assessment
The Affective Domain and Assessment  
Emotional Intelligence  
Motivation for Assessment  
The Physical Environment  
Setting Climate Goals  
4. Knowing the Learner
Information Gathering  
Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory  
Exploring Goleman and Sternberg  
More Ways to View Learners  
Through Animals' Eyes  
Performance Level Titles for the Assessed Learner  
5. Exploring Self-Assessment
What Is Self-Assessment?  
What Is Self-Talk?  
Self-Talk for Task Assessment  
Teaching Self-Assessment  
Why Is It Important to Teach Learners How to Self Assess?  
Self-Checking Techniques for Assessment  
Assess On-Task Behaviors  
6. Formative Assessment Before the Learning
Personalize Instructional Planning  
Engaging Students Before the Learning  
7. Formative Assessment During the Learning
Formative Assessment Tools to Use During the Learning  
8. Formative Assessment After the Learning
Assessment Tools: After the Learning  
Bloom's Taxonomy for Comprehension Assessment  
9. Differentiating Summative Assessments
How Can Standardized Assessments Be Differentiated?  
Create a Positive Testing Environment  
Give Effective Directions  
Teach Test-Taking Skills  
10. Assessment for Differentiated Instruction and Flexible Grouping
Using Technology for Assessment  
Assessment Cubing  
Choice Boards  
Assessment Agendas  
Station, Centers, and Learning Zones for Assessment  
Assessment for Flexible Grouping  
Evaluating Group Work  
Group Discussion: Assessment  
Troubleshooting Tools for Group Assessment  
11. Differentiated Instructional Planning Models
Adjustable Assignment Model  
Curriculum Compacting Model  
Academic Contract Model  
Project-Based Model  
Problem-Based Model  
12. Planning for Differentiated Assessment
Step Up to Formative Assessment Planning  
Content, Process, Product, and Learning Disposition Assessment  
Essential Questions for Planning  
Assess the Assessment Tool  
Teaching Assessment Strategies  
Effective Differentiated Assessment Practices  
Generate Change for Differentiated Formative Assessment  

"This is a book that should be in the hands of every educator. It is practical, easy to use and such a great collection of assessments that can be easily implemented in any subject area."

Jennifer Harper, Teacher
Cavendish Town Elementary School, Proctorsville, VT

"This book includes practical, helpful strategies and processes for differentiating instruction and assessment. The models, strategies, and tools in this book will assist educators in helping students ultimately self-assess and find their own pathways to success."

Jason Fulmer, Program Director
South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), SC

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