Balanced Assessment Systems: Leadership, Quality, and the Role of Classroom Assessment

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Build a balanced assessment system and support ESSA requirements!

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) increases assessment flexibility and responsibilities for states and districts, and this comprehensive guide helps leaders meet and succeed that challenge. Authors Chappuis, Commodore and Stiggins have helped thousands of teachers, principals and other educational leaders in becoming assessment-literate and developing assessment systems built on quality assessment. Readers will learn how to:
  • Develop balance in an assessment system by combining formative and summative approaches, providing insight on students’ progress
  • Strengthen classroom-based assessment and involve students in self-assessment
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About the author

Steve Chappuis has served as a public school teacher, principal and district administrator. In the private sector he helped small and large education service companies establish strategic plans for professional development and publishing. He has delivered presentations around the country to school leaders on the benefits of quality classroom assessment and how to implement local balanced assessment systems, and has authored and co-authored books and articles on the same topics.

Carol Commodore is an independent consultant whose special interests center on leadership, assessment, systems thinking, motivation and learning. An educator for more than 30 years, she served as a classroom teacher, a department chair, an assistant superintendent and an assessment coordinator. During her tenure as a district leader she facilitated the establishment of new programs in the areas of balanced assessment and foreign language. Carol has coauthored three other books in the areas of assessment and leadership. Carol presents and consults for local, state, national and international organizations across North America, Asia, and the Middle East.

Rick Stiggins is the retired founder and president of the Assessment Training Institute in Portland, Oregon, a professional development firm helping educators face the challenges of day-to-day classroom assessment in the context of truly balanced assessment systems. Rick earned a doctoral degree in education measurement from Michigan State University. He began his assessment work on the faculty of Michigan State before becoming a member of the faculty of educational foundations at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. In addition, he has served as director of test development for the ACT, Iowa City, IA; as a visiting scholar at Stanford University; as a Libra Scholar, University of Southern Maine; as director of the Centers for Classroom Assessment and Performance Assessment at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Portland, Or; and as a member of the faculty of Lewis and Clark College, Portland. He has authored numerous articles, books and training videos on sound classroom assessment, assessment for learning and balanced assessment systems.

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Publisher
Corwin Press
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Published on
Jul 20, 2016
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Pages
136
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ISBN
9781506354231
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English
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Education / Testing & Measurement
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It’s time to move our assessment practices from the 1950s to the century we’re living in. It’s time to invest in our teachers and local school leaders instead of in more tests. It’s time to help all students understand how to unleash their strengths and gain a sense of themselves as learners capable of choosing their own paths to success.

In The Perfect Assessment System, Rick Stiggins calls for the ground-up redevelopment of assessment in U.S. education. Speaking from more than 40 years of experience in the field—and speaking for all learners who hope to succeed, the teachers who want them to succeed, and the local school leaders whose aspirations for success have been thwarted by assessment traditions—Stiggins maps out the adjustments in practice and culture necessary to generate both accurate accountability data and the specific evidence of individual mastery that will support sound instructional decision making and better learning in the classroom. He addresses

▪ Assessment purpose—how (and why) to clarify the reason for every assessment and the users it will serve.
▪ Learning targets to be assessed—how to make sure we focus on the right competencies and set consistent definitions of success.
▪ Assessment quality—how to ensure every assessment, at every level, is an excellent one.
▪ Communication of assessment results—how to share information in ways that best support diverse purposes.
▪ Assessment impact—how to link assessment to truly productive, universal student motivation.

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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It’s time to move our assessment practices from the 1950s to the century we’re living in. It’s time to invest in our teachers and local school leaders instead of in more tests. It’s time to help all students understand how to unleash their strengths and gain a sense of themselves as learners capable of choosing their own paths to success.

In The Perfect Assessment System, Rick Stiggins calls for the ground-up redevelopment of assessment in U.S. education. Speaking from more than 40 years of experience in the field—and speaking for all learners who hope to succeed, the teachers who want them to succeed, and the local school leaders whose aspirations for success have been thwarted by assessment traditions—Stiggins maps out the adjustments in practice and culture necessary to generate both accurate accountability data and the specific evidence of individual mastery that will support sound instructional decision making and better learning in the classroom. He addresses

▪ Assessment purpose—how (and why) to clarify the reason for every assessment and the users it will serve.
▪ Learning targets to be assessed—how to make sure we focus on the right competencies and set consistent definitions of success.
▪ Assessment quality—how to ensure every assessment, at every level, is an excellent one.
▪ Communication of assessment results—how to share information in ways that best support diverse purposes.
▪ Assessment impact—how to link assessment to truly productive, universal student motivation.

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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Classroom Assessment for Student Learning, 2/e is a combination textbook and workbook grounded in research shown to increase student motivation and learning through improved classroom assessment. This user-friendly, practical book is full of real-world examples of what assessment for learning looks like in today’s classrooms. Presented in a format appropriate for use by individuals or collaborative learning teams, the book teaches two central concepts: How to create accurate classroom assessments of all types and how to integrate assessment with instruction day to day, with a focus on student involvement.

The companion CD provides all necessary learning team resources: suggestions for forming and facilitating learning teams, suggestions for pacing the learning, and chapter-by-chapter forms and materials for completing the activities.

The Second Edition of Classroom Assessment for Student Learning focuses on the five keys to classroom assessment quality. The keys are:

Key 1: Establish a clear assessment purpose to meet information needs of all intended users

Key 2: Base instruction and assessment on clear learning targets

Key 3: Design or select all assessments to meet standards of accuracy

Key 4: Communicate summative and formative results effectively

Key 5: Involve students in the assessment process and in using the results to further learning

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