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Restorative Assessment
Strength-Based Practices That Support All Learners

  • Laura M. Greenstein - Montville Public Schools, University of New Haven, USA, University of Connecticut, USA


September 2017 | 176 pages | Corwin

Encourage achievement with assessments that promote growth—for every student!

Imagine a classroom where students can’t wait to take tests. A dream? Maybe. But when you make restorative assessment part of your classroom culture, your students are more likely to feel safe, ready for challenges, and eager to showcase their knowledge whenever they have the chance.

Unlike ordinary testing, restorative assessments offer students multiple ways to demonstrate their learning—promoting equity and reducing conflict in the classroom. Since assessments happen regularly, you have more opportunities to check student progress and tailor your teaching accordingly. In this guide, you’ll find:

  • Real-world examples of restorative assessment in practice
  • Cutting-edge research on personalized learning and assessment
  • Practical strategies for implementation
  • Action points and reflection questions

In today’s diverse classrooms, one-size-fits-all learning is a thing of the past. Empower your teaching—and your students—by mastering restorative assessment and helping every student grow.

"Restorative Assessment provides excellent information and training for teachers and an in-depth understanding of students of today.  The practices recommended in this book will transform schools and create challenging, healthy learning environments for all children."
Sister Camille Anne Campbell, President
Mount Carmel Academy


"Why waste time on assessment for just more data when you can have assessment that is restorative and intentionally creates more learning opportunities for all students? This book offers the structure for a purpose-driven assessment system that uses student-centered formative assessments as a means to respond to learning, re-engage students and immediately deliver specific, appropriate instruction to allow all students to succeed."
Renee Peoples, Teaching and Learning Coach
Swain West Elementary

 
PREFACE
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
INTRODUCTION
 
1. REVERTING ASSESSMENT TO ITS INTENDED PURPOSE
Assessment Matters  
Assessment Literacy  
Research-Based Best Practices in Assessment  
Technically Sound Assessment  
 
2. RESTORING BALANCE
The Importance of Balance  
Types of Assessment  
Seamless and Continuous Assessment  
Merging Teaching, Learning, and Assessing  
Multiple Measures  
Assessing Through the Taxonomy  
Planning for Assessment  
Balanced Assessment Systems  
 
3. REINSTATING MASTERY AND GROWTH
Cornerstones and Keystones  
Supporting and Gauging Progress  
Assessing Mastery  
Assessment as Learning  
Reporting Growth  
Changing Assessment Mindsets  
 
4. REFOCUSING ON LEARNERS
Students at the Center  
Assessment-Capable Learners  
Personalizing Assessment  
Multiple Pathways  
 
5. RECONSIDERING NONCOGNITIVE SKILLS
Cognitive and Noncognitive: Not an Either/Or  
Skills and Dispositions for Success  
Noncognitive for At-Risk Learners  
Assessing Noncognitive Skills and Attributes  
 
6. CONCLUSIONS AND NEW BEGINNINGS
Becoming Unstuck  
Nurture Local Culture  
Unify Policy and Practice  
Partnering With Parents  
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX

"Restorative Assessment provides excellent information and training for teachers and an in-depth understanding of students of today.  The practices recommended in this book will transform schools and create challenging, healthy learning environments for all children."

Sister Camille Anne Campbell, President
Mount Carmel Academy

"Restorative Assessment challenges the present way of looking at assessment through research-based information. Restoring assessment to its rightful place as an integral part of teaching rather than a separate entity is critical to positive student outcomes and overall success!"

Julie Frederick, Nationally Board Certified Teacher
Seattle Public Schools

"Why waste time on assessment for just more data when you can have assessment that is restorative and intentionally creates more learning opportunities for all students? This book offers the structure for a purpose-driven assessment system that uses student-centered formative assessments as a means to respond to learning, re-engage students and immediately deliver specific, appropriate instruction to allow all students to succeed."

Renee Peoples, Teaching and Learning Coach
Swain West Elementary

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