Grading Smarter, Not Harder

Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn

Author: Myron Dueck

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416618902

Category: Education

Page: 180

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All the talk of closing the achievement gap in schools obscures a more fundamental issue: do the grades we assign to students truly reflect the extent of their learning? In this lively and eye-opening book, educator Myron Dueck reveals how many of the assessment policies that teachers adopt can actually prove detrimental to student motivation and achievement and shows how we can tailor policies to address what really matters: student understanding of content. In sharing lessons, anecdotes, and cautionary tales from his own experiences revamping assessment procedures in the classroom, Dueck offers a variety of practical strategies for ensuring that grades measure what students know without punishing them for factors outside their control; critically examining the fairness and effectiveness of grading homework assignments; designing and distributing unit plans that make assessment criteria crystal-clear to students; creating a flexible and modular retesting system so that students can improve their scores on individual sections of important tests. Grading Smarter, Not Harder is brimming with reproducible forms, templates, and real-life examples of grading solutions developed to allow students every opportunity to demonstrate their learning. Written with abundant humor and heart, this book is a must-read for all teachers who want their grades to contribute to, rather than hinder, their students' success.
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Fast and Effective Assessment

How to Reduce Your Workload and Improve Student Learning

Author: Glen Pearsall

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 141662533X

Category: Education

Page: 211

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What if teachers could dramatically reduce the amount of time they spend reviewing and correcting student work and actually see better results in terms of student learning? That’s the goal of Glen Pearsall, who shares dozens of classroom-tested strategies that lessen teachers’ workload while increasing students’ class participation and improving their understanding. Readers will learn how to • Refine their classroom questioning techniques to continually check students’ progress and provide instant feedback; • Encourage students to internalize learning goals so they better understand what is expected of them; • Use fast, formative assessment strategies to check and correct during class time; • Modify traditional summative-testing strategies to monitor student progress in a formative way; • Speed up the correction process via student self-proofing, representative sampling, and helpful technology tools; and • Engage students in becoming actively involved in assessing their own work. Drawing from his own experience as a teacher and coach, Pearsall offers practical, real-world advice in the form of techniques that are both effective and sustainable in the everyday classroom. The result is smarter assessment—for both teachers and students.
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What We Know About Grading

What Works, What Doesn't, and What's Next

Author: Thomas R. Guskey,Susan M. Brookhart

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416627650

Category: Education

Page: 236

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Grading is one of the most hotly debated topics in education, and grading practices themselves are largely based on tradition, instinct, or personal history or philosophy. But to be effective, grading policies and practices must be based on trustworthy research evidence. Enter this book: a review of 100-plus years of grading research that presents the broadest and most comprehensive summary of research on grading and reporting available to date, with clear takeaways for learning and teaching. Edited by Thomas R. Guskey and Susan M. Brookhart, this indispensable guide features thoughtful, thorough dives into the research from a distinguished team of scholars, geared to a broad range of stakeholders, including teachers, school leaders, policymakers, and researchers. Each chapter addresses a different area of grading research and describes how the major findings in that area might be leveraged to improve grading policy and practice. Ultimately, Guskey and Brookhart identify four themes emerging from the research that can guide these efforts: - Start with clear learning goals, - Focus on the feedback function of grades, - Limit the number of grade categories, and - Provide multiple grades that reflect product, process, and progress criteria. By distilling the vast body of research evidence into meaningful, actionable findings and strategies, this book is the jump-start all stakeholders need to build a better understanding of what works—and where to go from here.
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Classroom Assessment

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Real Classrooms

Author: Catherine S. Taylor,Susan Bobbitt Nolen

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780130974273

Category: Education

Page: 423

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For Classroom Assessment and Test and Measurement courses in Education Departments. This exceptionally lucid and practical new assessment text provides a wealth of powerful concrete examples that help students to understand assessment concepts and to effectively use assessment to support learning. The book offers unique coverage of ways to use assessment to support student learning across the developmental span from Kindergarten through high school. The book also provides more coverage than any other classroom assessment text of how to adapt assessment to the needs of students with disabilities and students whose first language is not English.
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Making Inclusion Work

Effective Practices for All Teachers

Author: John Beattie,LuAnn Jordan,Robert Algozzine

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781412914697

Category: Education

Page: 269

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This invaluable resource offers teachers in elementary and secondary schools a deeper understanding of "what works" when teaching students with disabilities in general education classrooms.
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Differentiating the High School Classroom

Solution Strategies for 18 Common Obstacles

Author: Kathie F. Nunley

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1412917166

Category: Education

Page: 148

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Discusses the importance of individualized instruction and how teachers can use creative solutions to overcome common problems in differentiated education.
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