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Differentiated Assessment Strategies
One Tool Doesn't Fit All

Second Edition


November 2011 | 216 pages | Corwin
Assessment is an essential component of differentiated instruction. Assessing students before, during, and after instruction allows teachers and curriculum leaders to draw from a repertoire of assessment tools and strategies not only to improve student performance but also to help students self-assess and take responsibility for their own learning. The assessment strategies in this book will give teachers and curriculum leaders ready-to-use tools for evaluating and activating students' prior knowledge; continually monitoring learning to provide feedback to students and inform instruction; assessing developmental readiness for new learning among younger, adolescent, and teen learners; assessing learner preferences, cognitive styles, and multiple intelligences; creating flexible learning groups for students to work together, alone, with partners, or in small groups; and creating adjustable assignments for students who are beginners or who are struggling, who are performing at grade level or approaching mastery, or who are performing at advanced mastery levels. This collection of ready-to-use assessment strategies will be appropriate for struggling learners, learners with special needs, learners who are performing at grade level, and for advanced learners. The new edition has been reorganized to be more user-friendly, is thoroughly updated, and includes a generous collection of new strategies.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. One Tool Doesn't Fit All: Introduction
What Is Differentiated Assessment?

 
Analyzing Your View of Differentiated Assessment

 
Building the Toolbox to "Zap the Gaps"

 
Assessment in the Age of Accountability

 
What Is the Teacher's Role in Differentiated Assessment?

 
Opening the Toolbox

 
 
2. Bringing Research and Best Practices to Differentiated Formative Assessment
Processing Information and Memory

 
Why Students Forget and Why They Remember

 
Assist the Brain in Memory Processing

 
Develop Intelligent Behaviors for Assessment

 
Authentic Assessment

 
Performance Feedback

 
 
3. Creating a Climate for Formative Assessment
The Affective Domain and Assessment

 
Emotions

 
Emotional Intelligence

 
Self-Efficacy

 
Motivation for Assessment

 
The Physical Environment

 
Setting Climate Goals

 
 
4. Knowing the Learner
Information Gathering

 
Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory

 
Exploring Goleman and Sternberg

 
More Ways to View Learners

 
Through Animals' Eyes

 
Performance Level Titles for the Assessed Learner

 
Summary

 
 
5. Exploring Self-Assessment
What Is Self-Assessment?

 
What Is Self-Talk?

 
Self-Talk for Task Assessment

 
Teaching Self-Assessment

 
Why Is It Important to Teach Learners How to Self Assess?

 
Self-Checking Techniques for Assessment

 
Assess On-Task Behaviors

 
Summary

 
 
6. Formative Assessment Before the Learning
Personalize Instructional Planning

 
Engaging Students Before the Learning

 
Summary

 
 
7. Formative Assessment During the Learning
Formative Assessment Tools to Use During the Learning

 
Summary

 
 
8. Formative Assessment After the Learning
Assessment Tools: After the Learning

 
Bloom's Taxonomy for Comprehension Assessment

 
Summary

 
 
9. Differentiating Summative Assessments
How Can Standardized Assessments Be Differentiated?

 
Create a Positive Testing Environment

 
Give Effective Directions

 
Teach Test-Taking Skills

 
Grading

 
Summary

 
 
10. Assessment for Differentiated Instruction and Flexible Grouping
Using Technology for Assessment

 
Assessment Cubing

 
Choice Boards

 
Assessment Agendas

 
Station, Centers, and Learning Zones for Assessment

 
Assessment for Flexible Grouping

 
Evaluating Group Work

 
Group Discussion: Assessment

 
Troubleshooting Tools for Group Assessment

 
Summary

 
 
11. Differentiated Instructional Planning Models
Adjustable Assignment Model

 
Curriculum Compacting Model

 
Academic Contract Model

 
Project-Based Model

 
Problem-Based Model

 
Summary

 
 
12. Planning for Differentiated Assessment
Step Up to Formative Assessment Planning

 
Content, Process, Product, and Learning Disposition Assessment

 
Essential Questions for Planning

 
Assess the Assessment Tool

 
Teaching Assessment Strategies

 
Effective Differentiated Assessment Practices

 
Generate Change for Differentiated Formative Assessment

 
Summary

 
 
Bibliography
 
Index
Summary

 

"This is a book that should be in the hands of every educator. It is practical, easy to use and such a great collection of assessments that can be easily implemented in any subject area."

Jennifer Harper, Teacher
Cavendish Town Elementary School, Proctorsville, VT

"This book includes practical, helpful strategies and processes for differentiating instruction and assessment. The models, strategies, and tools in this book will assist educators in helping students ultimately self-assess and find their own pathways to success."

Jason Fulmer, Program Director
South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), SC
Key features
  • By best-selling author Carolyn Chapman
  • By charismatic trainers Carolyn Chapman & Rita King
  • Easy-to-use assessment strategies for before, during, and after instruction
  • Appropriate for all K-12 learners, from special needs through gifted and talented
  • Includes surveys, checklists, questionnaires, assignments, graphic organizers, portfolio work samples, rubrics, and more.


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