Assessment Bibliography

The High Performance Toolbox: Succeeding with Performance Tasks, Projects and Assessments. Spence Rogers & Shari Graham (1998), Peak Learning Systems, Inc.
This easy-to-use guidebook provides the tools you need to successfully design, adapt, evaluate, refine or implement performance tasks and assessments with step-by-step guides, easy-to-use designers and organizers, and extensive resource lists.

How to Assess Authentic Learning: The Mindful School Series. Kay Burke (1998), Pearson Allyn & Bacon. http://www.ablongman.com/
Renowned author and educator Dr. Kay Burke takes readers step-by-step in building a conceptual understanding of this approach and demonstrates practical applications of assessment strategies. Teachers will gain insight into: how to build observation checklists, what metacognitive reflection is and how to use it, how to develop a unit plan using a multiple intelligences grid, how to develop performance tasks and rubrics, and a more effective approach to using grades.

Educative Assessment: Designing Assessments to Inform and Improve Student Performance. Grant Wiggins (February 1998), Jossey-Bass. http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/
In this book, Grant Wiggins outlines the design standards for performance-based assessments that promise students, no matter what their ability, clear and worthy performance targets, useful feedback, coaching, and the opportunity to progress toward excellence. As practical as it is provocative, Educative Assessment furnishes the information needed to design performance-based assessments, craft performance tasks that meet rigorous educational standards, score assessments fairly, and structure and judge student portfolios.

Student-Involved Classroom Assessment (3rd Edition). Richard J. Stiggins (2001), Merrill Publishing Company.
This text focuses on assessment as an integral part of classroom instruction and shows how the use of student-involved assessment, record keeping, and communication can be highly motivating instructional interventions. The text elucidates the fundamental importance of high-quality assessment to student academic well-being and promotes the development of student self-assessment as a critically important life skill.

Scoring Rubrics in the Classroom: Using Performance Criteria for Assessing and Improving Student Performance. Judith Arter & Jay McTighe (2000), Corwin Press. http://www.corwinpress.com
This book offers a practical approach to assessing challenging but necessary performance tasks, like creative writing, "real-world" research projects, and cooperative group activities. This book was written with three main goals: clarify the targets of instruction, especially for hard-to-define problem solving; provide valid and reliable assessment of student learning; and improve student motivation and achievement by helping students understand the nature of quality for performances and products.

Great Performances: Creating Classroom-Based Assessment Tasks. Larry Lewin & Betty Jean Shoemaker (1998), ASCD. http://www.ascd.org
Improving students’ understanding of what their teachers expect them to do, how well they should be able to do it, and how they should go about accomplishing it is what this book is all about. The authors discuss a four-step approach for teaching students how to acquire content knowledge, and examine four modes through which students can make their content understanding explicit for evaluation purposes. Great Performances is filled with highly motivating examples of student projects as well as effective assessment tools that teachers can adapt for their own classrooms.

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National Service-Learning and Assessment Study Group. Service-learning and Assessment: A Field Guide for Teachers. 1999. Washington, D.C.: Learn and Serve America. A comprehensive guide for teachers on assessing service-learning. The following topics are covered: planning for assessment, rubrics for looking at student products, KWLs and Anchor tasks, inviting students into the process, how service-learning can demonstrate standards, and planning and reflection tools. The guide is divided into 8 parts.

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