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The Practical Guide to Classroom Literacy Assessment

Use assessment to meet the strengths and needs of students and enhance learning!

The authors present multiple ways to provide ongoing formative assessment and improve overall literacy learning by integrating assessments and instruction. With information about specific multiple formats, testing content, and procedures to help failed students, this handy, indispensable guide discusses:

  • Classroom cases and conversations based on actual events
  • Assessments in math and science literacy
  • How to prepare students for standardized tests
  • Practical help for portfolios
  • Rubric construction tips
  • How to tap and assess oral literacy

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412939140
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2006
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: December 04, 2006

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"The authors have taken a complex topic and presented it in a very readable, accessible manner. An ideal candidate for school-based professional development organized on the study group model."
—Joan Irwin, Education Consultant
Former Director of Publications, IRA

Use assessment to meet the strengths and needs of students and enhance learning!

Whether it is standardized test data, student journals, or informal classroom question and answer, assessments provide invaluable, ongoing diagnostic information for making key instructional decisions. In this engaging and comprehensive resource, Diane Barone and Joan Taylor demonstrate practical ways for embedding test preparation into teaching by integrating assessments and instruction to boost learning.

The authors provide testing content and procedures developed for inservice and preservice teachers, administrators, and coaches to help all students, including those who have previously failed. With rich classroom examples, dialogues, scenarios, checklists, and student work samples, this book illustrates multiple assessment formats with expert how-to and when-to guidelines for literacy, writing, listening, and speaking.

In language that speaks straight to educators, this handy, indispensable guide discusses:

  • Real cases and conversations that demonstrate actual assessment strategies in classrooms
  • Specific applications for math and science literacy
  • Preparation and grading for high-stakes testing
  • Practical help for portfolios
  • Rubric construction tips
  • The importance of oral and written literacy

Using The Practical Guide to Classroom Literacy Assessment, educators can measure students' abilities to navigate content and apply what they learn, and effectively support their academic success on standardized and formative assessments.

Key features

Marketing Features:

  • Handy practical assessment guide for literacy includes types, examples and explanations
  • Demonstrates how specific assessments link to instruction
  • Engaging language speaks straight to teacher practitioners and pre-service
  • Real cases and conversations show assessment "live" in classrooms
  • Content-area assessments show applications for literacy in math and science
  • Frank discussion about high stakes assessment and grading
  • Practical guidelines and rubric construction tips will improve formative classroom assessments
  • Addresses important assessment of oral literacy as well as print


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Diane Barone

Diane M. Barone is Professor Literacy Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. In her role at the university, she teaches courses in early literacy, diversity and literacy, and qualitative research. Her research interests center on young children, especially in high poverty schools, and how they develop in literacy. Her most current study followed 16 children from kindergarten through to Grade 6 to document their literacy growth. She has been an editor of Reading Research Quarterly and has written numerous articles, book chapters, and books. Some of her recent books include Reading First in the Classroom with Joan Taylor and Darrin Hardman, Literacy and Young Children: Research-Based Practices with Lesley Morrow, Teaching Early Literacy: Development, Assessment, and Instruction with Marla Mallette and Shelley Xu, and The National Board Certification Handbook. She is also Principal Investigator for Reading First in Nevada and serves as a member of the board for the International Reading Association.

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Joan M. Taylor

Joan Taylor is a teacher-consultant who works with teachers and students in Title I schools in the Reno/Sparks area of Northern Nevada. She recently completed a dissertation on A History of Written Composition Instruction in U.S. Elementary Schools. Her research interests, in addition to historical and current perspectives on writing instruction, are focused on exploring teachers' stories on learning and teaching.

She has been a long-time middle school teacher in Washoe County Schools. She is also Nevada State Networks Writing Project Co-Director, and during the past several years has authored a number of federally funded state literacy grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling approximately $53 million. These include the Nevada Reading Excellence Act and Nevada Reading First grants.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Authors


1. Assessments With a Focus on Learning: Purposes and Promises

The Historical Root of the Matter

Which Literacies?

Audiences and Types of Assessments

Timing of Tests

Reasons for Assessments

Final Thoughts

2. Writing Assessments

Brief Historical Overview of Writing Assessments

Writing Assessments Today

Types of Writing Assessments

Writing Tasks

Evaluation Tools

Writing Assessment Formats

Assessing Processes

Assessing Products

Organizing and Administering Your Own Scoring Session

Final Thoughts

3. Reading Asessment

Teacher-Created Assessments

Commercial Assessments

Ongoing Assessments Used to Monitor Progress

End-of-Year Assessment

Final Thoughts

4. Oral and Visual Assessments



Viewing and Experiencing

Audience and Purpose

Importance of a Variety of Assessment

Forms and Products

Final Thoughts

5. Assessment Portfolios

What Is an Assessment Portfolio?

What Are the Issues Surrounding Portfolios?

Final Thoughts

6. Putting Assessment in Perspective

Overview of Assessment Data

Uses of Assessment

A Few Final Assessment Caveats

Additional Resources for Assessment

Final Thoughts




Price: $40.95
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