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February 2012 | 160 pages | Corwin
Supercharge your formative assessment skills and watch student learning soar!

Teachers routinely ask and answer a series of three questions with and for students: Where are my students headed? Where are they right now? How can I close the gap between where they are and where I want them to be? This text suggests that teachers also ask these parallel questions of themselves:

Where am I going?

What can formative assessment practice look like?

Where am I currently in my formative assessment practice?

How do I close the gap?

Readers are then encouraged to select a specific aspect of formative assessment to investigate, explore relevant personal practice relevant to that aspect, implement necessary changes, reflect on those changes, and continue the change process.

This practical guide can be used by individual teachers or collaboratively as a study guide for a learning community. The authors describe an effective four-step process for improving teachers' formative assessment practices that provides opportunities to reflect, consider alternative instructional approaches, and apply what they have learned. Case studies provide examples of formative assessment in practice, along with examples of teacher-implemented changes. A companion website includes an array of tools and templates for organizing, gathering, and systematically using information to strengthen formative assessment skills.

This practical guide can be used by individual teachers or collaboratively as a study guide for a learning community. Case studies provide examples of formative assessment in practice, along with examples of teachers implementing changes in their practice. A companion website includes an array of tools and templates for organizing, gathering, and systematically using information to strengthen formative assessment skills.

 
List of Web Tools
 
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Preface
Who Is This Book For?

 
Special Features of This Book

 
Chapter Highlights

 
 
1. Introduction to Improving Formative Assessment Practice
Formative and Summative Assessment

 
Evaluation and Formative Assessment

 
Evaluation and Professional Development

 
The Self-Evaluation Process

 
Overview of the Chapters

 
 
2. Examining Formative Assessment
Formative Assessment in Practice

 
Understanding Formative Assessment

 
The Impact of Formative Assessment on Learning

 
Formative Assessment Characteristics Used in the “How-To Guide”

 
Summary: The Big Idea of Chapter 2

 
Questions for Individual Consideration

 
Questions for Consideration as a Learning Community

 
 
3. Getting Started on Your Self-Evaluation Journey
Beginning the Self-Evaluation Process

 
Developing Familiarity with Formative Assessment

 
Am I Ready to Engage in This Process?

 
Summary: The Big Idea of Chapter 3

 
 
4. A Targeted Look at One Area
Personal Reflection on Strengths and Areas for Improvement

 
Collecting Evidence of Practice

 
Assessing Quality of Information

 
Selecting an Area for Improvement

 
Act-Reflect-Revise

 
Summary: The Big Idea for Chapter 4

 
 
5. Support for Making Changes to Practice
The Cycle-Within-The-Cycle: Act, Reflect, Revise

 
Sources of Support

 
How Will I Know When I am Ready to Choose a New Target or Characteristic?

 
Summary: The Big Idea of Chapter 5

 
 
6. Self-Evaluation of Changes to Practice
Chain of Evidence

 
Collecting Evidence of Effects

 
Sources of Evidence

 
Additional Considerations

 
Summing Up

 
Summary: The Big Idea of Chapter 6

 
 
7. Putting It All Together
 
Index

Supplements

“This book belongs on the desk of all teachers who are committed to increasing student learning. The authors explain how to implement formative assessment practices in a realistic and manageable way. I found creative examples from the book that I was able to incorporate into my lessons the very next day!”

Nicole Cobb, Director, Center for School Climate
Tennessee Department of Education

This text is an excellent tool to help teachers understand the power of formative assessments. Learning how to reflect on your own practice, collect evidence of student learning, and use this as a lens to guide your own teaching is liberating and the hallmark of a professional.”

Sherry L. Markel, Professor
Northern Arizona University College of Education

“This book provides a very useful way for teachers to implement a study and improvement of their assessment methods. Instead of a lot of professional jargon that could turn off the busy teachers who are looking for something useful, it contains aids that will strengthen classroom performance.”

Barbara Weaver, Adjunct Faculty
College of William and Mary, School of Education, Williamsburg, VA

"This is the book I was looking for when I was teaching and supervising teachers. I appreciate the much- needed focus on the "Self-Evaluation Journey." I hope to see a copy in every educator’s hands as they deal with the enormous challenges facing all of us with life-long commitments to student learning."

Donald B. Yarbrough, Chair Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation
University of Iowa Educational Measurement and Statistics Department

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