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The Practical Guide to Classroom Literacy Assessment

The Practical Guide to Classroom Literacy Assessment

December 2006 | 192 pages | Corwin
The Practical Guide to Classroom Literacy Assessment, is every teacher's indispensable guide to assessment of all aspects of elementary literacy. It is an engaging and comprehensive resource for practitioners and pre-service teachers that integrates assessment and instruction activities to demonstrate practical ways for embedding test preparation into teaching and learning. Authentic teaching situations and dialogues in a story-like setting help readers become part of the background as observers, then use the structures and similar activities in their own teaching.

The authors present specific assessment formats with how-to and when-to guidelines for reading, writing, and speaking--illustrated with rich examples, dialogues, scenarios, checklists, and student samples. An essential teacher's resource for linking literacy instruction and assessment more closely, evaluating grading, and providing meaningful instruction while conforming to current testing mandates, this is also an invaluable reference for coaches and administrators.

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


"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
Educational Consultant

"I found the monthly focuses for the portfolio to be wonderful!"

Amy Huether, SD READS Literacy Coach
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative
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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