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Designing Middle and High School Instruction and Assessment
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Designing Middle and High School Instruction and Assessment
Using the Cognitive Domain

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April 2009 | 152 pages | Corwin

"This is the only book that takes a step-by-step approach to student assessment at the middle and secondary school levels. This book is a unique contribution to the field of evaluation and assessment."
—John Hoyle, Professor of Educational Administration
Texas A&M University

Create objectives and assessments that tap into all levels of Bloom's Taxonomy!

While today's curriculum is largely driven by standards, many teachers find the lack of specificity in the standards to be confounding and even intimidating. Now this practical book provides middle and high school teachers with explicit guidance on designing specific objectives and developing appropriate formative and summative assessments to guide instruction.

The authors present an accessible model for developing unit and daily lesson plan objectives based on state and national content standards. Providing detailed examples for each level of Bloom's Taxonomy, including synthesis and evaluation, the book covers the major forms of assessment that allow teachers to measure students' understanding and mastery of the objectives. Teachers will learn how to:

  • Unwrap state and national standards
  • Understand how objectives and test items provide evidence of a particular level of knowledge
  • Write measurable objectives for unit and daily lesson plans
  • Develop appropriate assessments in the content areas

This easy-to-follow resource gives teachers the tools to write specific, standards-based objectives and find the perfect assessments to measure their students' progress!

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Deconstructing the Standards
 
2. Writing Unit and Daily Instructional Objectives
 
3. Writing True-False and Completion Items and Matching Exercises
 
4. Writing Multiple-Choice Items
 
5. Writing Short-Answer and Essay Items
 
6. Performance-Based Assessment
 
7. Portfolios
 
8. Conclusion
 
References and Further Readings
 
Index

“This is the only book that takes a step-by-step approach to student assessment at the middle and secondary school levels. This book is a unique contribution to the field of evaluation and assessment.”

John Hoyle, Professor of Educational Administration
Texas A&M University

Loved it and feel that it will be very practical for our teachers.

Dr Melanie Shores
Human Studies Dept, University of Alabama at Birmingham
November 10, 2009
Key features
  • Designed around a simple model that guides teachers through the process of unwrapping state and national standards, writing measurable objectives for unit and daily lesson plans, and developing appropriate assessments across the cognitive hierarchy of the major content areas taught in middle and secondary schools
  • Includes detailed examples and explanations of how objectives and test items provide evidence of a particular level of knowledge
  • Covers all major content areas

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: Deconstructing the Standards


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