This clear, no-nonsense book guides current and future teachers through the concepts, tools, methods, and goals of classroom literacy assessment. The expert authors examine the roles of formative, summative, and benchmark assessments; demystify state and national tests and standards; and show how assessment can seamlessly inform instruction. Strategies for evaluating, choosing, and interpreting assessments are discussed, as are ways to communicate data to parents and administrators. User-friendly resources include boxed vignettes from teachers and researchers, practical assessment tips (and traps to avoid), and 12 reproducible planning forms and handouts. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
1. Assessment Tells a Story 2. How Do I Know What to Assess? 3. Day-by-Day Teaching with Assessment 4. The Bond between Instruction and Assessment: The DNA of the Classroom 5. Artifacts and Tools for Assessment 6. How Do I Improve My Use of Assessment Strategies? 7. What Does This Assessment Information Mean to Me? 8. How Do I Communicate with Others about Assessment Information? 9. The Assessment Story: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future Appendix A. Assessing the Assessments: Gathering Information and Evidence Appendix B. Assessing the Assessments: Interpreting and Analyzing Assessment Data Appendix C. Assessing the Assessments: Quality Appendix D. Assessing the Assessments: Documenting and Record Keeping Appendix E. Cumulative Feedback Table