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How to Assess Authentic Learning
This updated edition helps K–12 teachers build observation checklists, develop unit plans, and design performance tasks and rubrics that address mandated academic standards.
- Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
- ISBN: 9781412962797
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2009
- Page Count: 232
- Publication date: October 07, 2009
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"Burke has challenged teachers everywhere to raise their standards and design classroom assessments that show evidence of understanding and performance on complex tasks. The expert examples in this book provide teachers with a complete road map so that assessment is truly at the heart of instruction."
—Diane Ray, Assistant Director for Teacher Leader Development
Professional Association of Georgia Educators
Create assessments that meet state standards and target students' learning needs!
For many years, assessment was relegated to a secondary role in the educational process. But with the increased emphasis on high-stakes testing, effective assessment has emerged as one of the major factors in raising student achievement.
In this latest edition of her bestseller, renowned educator Kay Burke provides a wide range of updated, easy-to-implement alternative assessments that address today's accountability requirements and focus on improving learning. Designed for use across all content areas, these formative assessments are rooted in the language of state standards and emphasize differentiating instruction to meet students' individual learning needs. Revised throughout with updated research, this new edition helps K–12 teachers:
- Build Response to Intervention checklists for struggling students
- Develop unit plans using differentiated learning and assessment strategies
- Create portfolios that emphasize metacognition
- Design performance tasks that motivate and engage students
- Construct rubrics that describe indicators of quality work
- Create tests that focus on higher-order thinking skills
Offering numerous applications and examples, How to Assess Authentic Learning guides teachers in developing the assessment tools needed to help all students meet or exceed mandated academic standards.
Register for Kay Burke's CE course on Effective Assessment here.
Table of Contents
About the Author
Standardized Tests and Classroom Assessments
Traditional Cognitive Science
Assessment and Evaluation
Definitions of Performance Assessment
And Now...the Tools!
1. Student Learning Standards
What Are Learning Standards and Benchmarks?
What Is the Standards Movement?
How Did the Standards Movement Begin?
What Are Preformance Standards?
Why Do We Need Standards?
How Can We Use Standards?
2. Differentiated Learning
What Is Differentiated Learning?
What Are the Multiple Intelligences?
Why Should We Use Differentiation?
How Should We Use the Multiple intelligences?
3. Student Portfolios
What is a Portfolio?
Why Should We Use Portfolios?
How Can We Implement Portfolios?
4. Performance Tasks and Rubrics
What Are Performance Tasks?
Why Should We Use Performance Tasks?
How Should We Create Performance Tasks?
How Should We Assess Performance Tasks?
5. Checklists and Rubrics
What Are Checklists?
Why Should We Use Checklists?
How Should We Use Checklists?
What Are Rubrics?
How Should We Use Rubrics?
How Can Rubrics Be Used?
What is the Checklist-Rubrics Connection?
How Do We Create Assessments?
What Is Metacognitive Reflection?
Why Should We Use Megacognitive Reflection?
How Should We Use Megacognitive Reflection?
What Are Learning Logs and Journals?
Why Should We Use Learning Logs and Journals?
How Should We Use Learning Logs and Journals?
How Should We Assess Learning Logs and Journals??
7. Graphic Organizers
What Are Graphic Organizers?
Why Should We Use Graphic Organizers?
How Should Graphic Organizers Be Used For Assessment?
8. Teacher-Made Tests
What Are Teacher-Made Tests?
Why Do We Need Teacher-Made Tests?
How Can We Design Better Teacher-Made Tests?
9. Interviews and Conferences
What Are Interviews and Conferences?
Why Should We Use Interviews and Conferences?
How Should We Assess Interviews and Conferences?
Resources: Performance Task Units
Resource A: Investigating Rocks, Minerals, and Soils in Third-Grade Science
Resource B: A Middle School Economics Performance Task
Resource C: Using Algebra to Plan a Garden Party
Resource D: Foreign Language Performance Task for Middle and High School
Resource E: Thinking About Themes Through texts and Tasks in Literature, Grades 9-12
"Burke has challenged teachers everywhere to raise their standards and design classroom assessments that show evidence of understanding and performance on complex tasks. The expert examples in this book provide teachers a complete road map so that assessment is truly at the heart of instruction."Diane Ray, Assistant Director for Teacher Leader Development
Professional Association of Georgia Educators
"An important text. Classroom teachers will find the descriptions and examples very doable and extremely helpful."Debbie Metcalf, Teacher-in-Residence, East Carolina University
Interventionist, Pitt County Schools, Greenville, NC
"This book will certainly appeal to educators across the nation. The abundance of research and examples will certainly benefit and motivate teachers and administrators."Lori Grossman, Manager of Mentoring, Professional Development Services
Houston Independent School District, TX
"This is the type of text that teachers will keep so that they can reference it in the future."Kimberly Bright, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Special Education
"There is a great deal of practical, useful information that teachers will find valuable."Steve Reifman, Teacher, Roosevelt School, Santa Monica, CA
Author, Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8
"A powerful tool with classroom-ready examples that demonstrate sound and valuable assessment practices. It’s a phenomenal resource."Eileen Depka, Assistant Superintendent
School District of Elmbrook, Brookfield, WI
“Wow! Burke has written a book for schools that really gets to the point! It is easy to use and rich in resources such as checklists, rubrics, and sample unit designs to help every principal be an effective learning leader and allow teachers to utilize an approach rich in best practices for balanced assessment.”Lee Adams, Principal
Parklane Elementary School, Atlanta, GA