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Assessment-Powered Teaching



© 2011 | 160 pages | Corwin

"There is now compelling research that assessment can be used to improve both student learning and professional practice. Nancy Sindelar provides practical examples of how teachers, teams, schools, and districts are using assessment to drive continuous improvement."
—Richard Dufour, Educational Author and Consultant

"This book provides specific strategies to unlock the mystery of data, outlining step-by-step processes on how to use it to impact teaching and create tools to keep students actively involved in their improved learning."
—Gail Gorry, Principal
Frontier Elementary School, Payson, AZ

Podcasts:
 Education Talk Radio: 3/7/2011

 We Are Teachers: 4/2011

Everything you need to become an assessment-powered teacher is right here!

Knowledge is power, and this book puts assessment data and instruction together in a step-by-step format. Instead of dreading the time testing takes from teaching, you can harness its power to define learning targets, build standards-based assessments, gather and use test data in the classroom, and develop data-driven teaching strategies. Assessment expert Nancy W. Sindelar provides practical tools that help teachers:

  • Use formative and summative assessment results to enhance instruction
  • Motivate students by providing clear learning targets
  • Utilize technology to analyze students' progress
  • Raise test scores

Included are testimonials from teachers, numerous data analysis examples, rubrics, and a chapter on culturally diverse schools. Designed to be adaptable, this book is a powerful resource for teachers, teacher teams, and all educators dedicated to enhancing student learning.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Using the Power of Assessment
Step One: Become Familiar With Student Assessment Data and Learn to Use It to Enhance Your Teaching.  
Step Two: Develop an Efficient System for Collecting Meaningful Student Test Data.  
Step Three: Learn How to Use Student Test Data as an Individual Teacher, a Team Member, and as Part of a Schoolwide Initiative.  
Chapter One Rubric: Using the Power of Assessment  
Reflections  
 
2. Creating a Data-Driven Instructional System
Step One: Define Your Learning Targets  
Step Two: Begin Building Your Standards-Based Assessments  
Step Three: Align Your Curriculum With Learning Targets and Assessments  
A Word About Curriculum Mapping  
Chapter Two Rubric: Creating a Data-Driven Instructional System  
Reflections  
 
3. Making Data-Driven Decisions in the Classroom
Using Formative Assessment Data to Immediately Inform Teaching  
Using Formative Assessment Data to Inform Teaching Over Time  
Benchmark Assessments  
Test Reports  
Rubric-Graded Assessments  
Chapter Three Rubric: Making Data-Driven Decisions in the Classroom  
Reflections  
 
4. Empowering Students With the Results of Their Learning
Step One: Eliminate "Mystery Teaching" by Providing Students With Clear and Consistent Standards-Based Learning Targets and Assessments  
Step Two: Give Students Specific Feedback Regarding Their Progress Toward Learning Targets in a Timely and Caring Manner and in a Format That Is Understandable to Them  
Step Three: Give Students Opportunities to Self-Assess and Improve Their Work  
Step Four: Provide Interventions to Help Students Reach Learning Targets in a Timely Manner  
Chapter Four Rubric: Empowering Students With the Results of Their Learning  
Reflections  
 
5. Powering Achievement in Culturally Diverse Classrooms
Step One: Become a "Cultural Broker"  
Step Two: Analyze the Needs of Subgroups Through the Use of Disaggregated Test Data  
Step Three: Address the Needs of Subgroups by More Accurately Measuring What Students Know Rather Than Their Ability to Communicate Their Knowledge in Standard English  
Chapter Five Rubric: Powering Achievement in Culturally Diverse Classrooms  
Reflections  
 
6. Harnessing the Power of Collective Wisdom
Data-Driven Changes in Curriculum and Instruction  
Data-Driven Staff Development Initiatives  
Data-Driven Student Interventions  
Making the Most of Team Time  
Chapter Six Rubric: Harnessing the Power of Collective Wisdom  
Reflections  
 
Glossary of Terms
 
References
 
Index

"In these pages you will find specific strategies to unlock the mystery of data—outlining step-by-step processes on how to use it to impact teaching and create tools to keep students actively involved in their improved learning."

Gail Gorry, Principal
Frontier Elementary School, Payson, AZ

"This book offers a step-by-step approach to becoming a Power Teacher."

Diane Callahan, Retired Teacher
West Chester, OH

"This book is a must-have for any group of educators that wants to get into the 'nuts and bolts' of what students are learning (or not learning); it sets teachers up for success."

Donna Adkins, Teacher
Louisa E. Perritt Primary School, Arkadelphia, AR

"There is now compelling research that assessment can be used to improve both student learning and professional practice. Nancy Sindelar provides practical examples of how teachers, teams, schools, and districts are using assessment to drive continuous improvement."

Richard DuFour, Educational Author and Consultant
TBD

“The author effectively shows how data-driven decision making works and presents practical examples of how this would work in a school. The examples of data collection “systems” provided are easily understandable.”

Stephen Armstrong, Social Studies Department Supervisor
West Hartford Public Schools, West Hartford, CT
Key features
(1) Shows classroom teachers how to use assessment analysis to inform teaching, provide motivational feedback to students, and monitor student's progress toward learning targets and standards.

(2) Provides numerous data analysis examples and shows the power of using technology for data collection and analysis.

(3) Appropriate for use with teacher teams as well as individual teachers.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Introduction


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