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  1. Making Classrooms Assessments Reliable and Valid

    Making Classroom Assessments Reliable and Valid asserts the importance for classroom assessment to be the primary method of formally measuring student learning. Robert J. Marzano highlights the benefits of these assessments in reporting students' ongoing learning, and the need for them to be reliable and valid. This resource describes how to make them just that - using new paradigms to ensure the measurement is an accurate interpretation of student achievement. F-12 teachers and administrators will explore the history of large-scale assessments, the importance of and future role of classroom assessment, traditional and new paradigms of reliability and validity, tools for measuring students' individual and comparative growth, and formulas to create reliable and valid classroom assessments.

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  2. Designing Effective Assessments

    Assessment is a critical component of effective teaching and learning. Designing Effective Assessments presents F-12 educators with ten key, research-based tools to create quality assessments that provide valuable data. Authors James H. Stronge, Leslie W. Grant and Xianxuan Xu offer clear directions for incorporating these tools into daily classroom practice to make effective use of assessment data. With quality assessment processes in place, teachers at all year levels can accurately measure student mastery and shape instruction to increase achievement.

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  3. Beyond the Grade: Refining Practices That Boost Student Achievement

    Divided into two parts, Beyond the Grade offers solutions for improved grading practices. Part I examines why traditional grading practices are ineffective and how they inhibit student engagement and achievement. Part II explains how implementing standards-based grading changes school culture, fosters a growth mindset, and promotes learning.

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  4. Mastering Formative Assessment Moves: 7 High-Leverage Practices to Advance Student Learning

    How do you know if students are with you at the beginning, middle and end of a lesson? Can formative assessment offer a key to better teaching and learning during instruction? What if you could blend different formative assessment moves in your classroom, with intention and care for all students, to help make better instructional decisions and enjoy more teachable moments? Brent Duckor and Carrie Holmberg invite you on the journey to becoming a formative assessor by encouraging you to focus on seven research-based, high-leverage formative assessment moves: Priming, Posing, Pausing, Probing, Bouncing, Tagging and Binning. Each chapter explores a classroom-tested move, including foundational research, explaining how and when to best use it, and describing what it looks like in practice.

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    A$54.95
  5. The Perfect Assessment System

    In The Perfect Assessment System, Rick Stiggins calls for the ground-up redevelopment of assessment in education. Speaking from more than 40 years of experiences in the field, Stiggins maps out the adjustments in practice and culture necessary to generate both accurate accountability data and the specific evidence of individual mastery that supports sound instructional decision making and better learning. We have not yet begun to explore assessment's true potential to enhance both school quality and student well-being. Stiggins kicks off this critical conversation and charts a course for a new system that promises much higher levels of student success at a fraction of our current testing costs. The door is open for assessment reform; here is a bold plan for getting it right.

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  6. Elements of Grading: A Guide to Effective Practice, Second Edition

    In this resource, Douglas Reeves argues that effective grading practices must be fair, accurate, specific, and timely and shows how to begin a constructive, evidence-based conversation for improving grading policies.

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    A$53.95
  7. Bringing Homework into Focus: Tools and Tips to Enhance Practices, Design, and Feedback

    In many classrooms, teachers assign homework out of habit. Learn to design quality, purposeful homework instead. The author urges educators to reflect on the purpose of student assignments to determine if and when homework is valuable. Prepare students and measure their comprehension by assigning purposeful work, setting clear expectations, and providing feedback as the unit of study unfolds.

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  8. The Power of Investigating: Guiding Authentic Assessments

    The Power of Investigating invites you to capture the potential for learning with children - who are natural investigators. But this pedagogical picture book does more than just describe how to build investigations - it also shows you, so you can easily implement the investigations right away in your own F-5 classroom. As the second book in NSTA's Powerful Practices series, The Power of Investigating builds on the questioning strategies modelled in The Power of Questioning. The authors are veteran educators who know how busy and demanding today's F-5 classroom is. A powerful tool in a small package, the book provides fresh, lively strategies you and your students will learn from and enjoy.

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  9. Pathways to Proficiency: Implementing Evidence-Based Grading

    Pathways to Proficiency: Implementing Evidence-Based Grading urges schools to challenge their traditional practices and adopt a new, more effective grading model for students. Authors Troy Gobble, Mark Onuscheck, Anthony R. Reibel and Eric Twadell provide a straightforward, five-phase creative model to implement practices that more accurately reflect student learning. Pathways to Proficiency guides F-12 leaders and teachers to better clarify student expectations and collect visible evidence of student learning in order to close the gaps in achievement and content mastery for all learners.

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  10. Grading From the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-Based Mindset

    In Grading From the Inside Out, Tom Schimmer establishes that the time for grading reform is now. Traditional grading procedures no longer work due to vast changes in pedagogy and assessment. While F-12 teachers and administrators may feel hesitant about moving away from past practices or making profound changes in grading, and while it may be challenging, a change in grading to a standards-based mindset is essential for effective instruction and assessment. To help readers develop standards-based mindsets about grading, Schimmer proposes a grading paradigm based on a new approach to reporting student achievement.

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  11. FAST Grading: A Guide to Implementing Best Practices

    In FAST Grading: A guide to Implementing Best Practice, Douglas Reeves asserts that F-12 teachers, administrators and school systems must review and reshape their grading practices to ensure they centre on four essential criteria: (1) fairness, (2) accuracy, (3) specificity and (4) timeliness. Reeves guides educators to embrace proven grading procedures that have the power to reduce failure rates, improve student discipline, encourage learning and enhance morale.

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  12. Simplifying Common Assessment: A Guide for Professional Learning Communities at Work

    In Simplifying Common Assessment: A Guide for Professional Learning Communities at Work, Kim Bailey and Chris Jakicic address questions and challenges teacher teams experience and demonstrate how teams can develop effective and efficient common assessments. They simplify assessment development to give F-12 collaborative teams the confidence to write and use team-designed common formative assessments. This way, educators can monitor students' learning and ensure that all students master essential skills and concepts.

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