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Developing Performance-Based Assessments, Grades K-5

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December 2008 | 232 pages | Corwin

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"In an era where buzzwords like 'assessment' and 'accountability' are used every day in our school systems, a book like this is long overdue. The author clearly explains important terminology while providing easy-to-understand ways to engage in quality assessment in any elementary classroom."
—Jennifer Sinsel, Elementary Gifted Teacher
Bostic Traditional Magnet School, Andover, KS

Use PBAs to design learning experiences that increase student engagement and achievement!

There is nothing more rewarding than the moment when a student "gets it." Helping educators reach that goal, Nancy P. Gallavan demonstrates how performance-based assessments (PBAs) can help create stimulating teaching and learning environments in elementary classrooms.

This easy-to-understand guide explains how to construct assessments that effectively measure learner performance and allow educators to align curriculum and instruction with students' needs. With PBAs, teachers can engage students in the learning process, connect the learning to students' individual lives, and monitor learning outcomes. The author provides:

  • Detailed and clear examples of performance-based assessments
  • Guidelines for creating and using rubrics and assessment templates
  • Checklists, frequently asked questions, graphic organizers, and activities to reinforce the content in each chapter
  • Numerous appendices, including standards for educational assessment, the four domains of learning, and a host of helpful Web sites, readings, and references

Developing Performance-Based Assessments, Grades K–5 is a valuable asset for facilitating learning experiences with rewarding outcomes.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Examining the Many Purposes of Assessment
Demystify Performance-Based Assessments  
Understand the Six Components of Assessment  
Picture the Continuous Flow of Assessment  
Know the Reasons for Selecting Your Assessments...  
Extend With Questions and Activities  
 
2. Planning Assessments to Promote Understanding
Use Formal and Informal Assessments  
Become a Data-Driven Teacher  
Understand Assessment Principles and Practices  
Watch for Common Errors in Assessing  
Visualize the Overall Process...  
Extend With Questions and Activities  
 
3. Collecting Baseline Data for Preassessments
Set Three Goals to Guide Your Preassessments  
Question Each of the Six Components of Assessment  
Keep Anecdotal Records  
Follow These Guidelines as You Preassess  
Realize That Assessment Is a Continuous Process...  
Extend With Questions and Activities  
 
4. Aligning Appropriate Formative Assessments
Consider the Six Components of Assessment  
Design Your Curriculum  
Align Assessments With Curriculum and Instruction  
Explore Cognition Via Patterns of Thought  
Plan With Competence and Confidence...  
Extend With Questions and Activities  
 
5. Incorporating Learning, Assigning Instruction Followed by Feedback and Correction
Assign Your Instruction and Activities  
Employ Multiple Instructional Strategies  
Consider These Assessment Recommendations  
Include All Kinds of Questions With Your Formative Assessments  
Optimize the Feedback  
Involve Your Learners in the Process  
Have Fun With Formative Assessments...  
Extend With Questions and Activities  
 
6. Administering Summative Assessments
Connect to the Goals and Components of Assessment  
Create Your Summative Assessments  
Prepare Learners for Summative Assessments  
Set Your Sights on the Five As  
Continue the Assessment Cycle...  
Extend With Questions and Activities  
 
7. Identifying What to Assess: Inviting the Five Types of Inquiry and Information
Introduce the Five Types of Inquiry  
Balance Three Conditions With Five Types of Inquiry  
Delve Into Responses  
Enhance Variety in Your Inquiries  
Include All Types of Thinking, Acting, and Feeling...  
Extend With Questions and Activities  
 
8. Analyzing How to Assess: Applying the Five Forms of Appraisal and Authentication
Analyze the Five Forms of Appraisal and Authentication  
Implement Assessments Purposefully  
Develop Appraisals to Showcase Learning...  
Extend With Questions and Activities  
 
9. Creating Assessment Templates and Rubrics
Construct the Assessment Template  
Build Rubrics  
Let Your Templates and Rubrics Do the Work for You...  
Extend With Questions and Activities  
 
10. Conducting Evaluations and Accountability
Evaluate Accomplishments  
Account for Progress  
Concentrate on Your Effectiveness  
Develop a Performance-Based Assessment Mindset...  
Extend With Questions and Activities  
 
References and Readings
 
Index

“In an era where buzzwords like ‘assessment’ and ‘accountability’ are used every day in our school systems, a book like this is long overdue. The author clearly explains important terminology while providing easy-to-understand ways to engage in quality assessment in any elementary classroom.”

Jennifer Sinsel, Elementary Gifted Teacher
Bostic Traditional Magnet School, Andover, KS

"This book is very practical and useful to teachers trying to teach to all types of learners.”

Michael Putnam, Assistant Professor
Ball State University

Very practical approach to classroom assessment.

Dr Melanie Shores
Human Studies Dept, University of Alabama at Birmingham
November 10, 2009
Key features
  • Includes tools for assessment and instructions on how to build and use rubrics
  • Each chapter includes checklists, frequently asked questions, graphic organizers, and activities to reinforce the content
  • Includes five appendices: Standards For Teacher Competence in Educational Assessment of Students; the four domains of learning; a poem about PBA; a list of readings; and a list of helpful web sites.

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