Understanding School Assessment: A Parent and Community Guide to Helping Students Learn

Paperback | March 1, 2006

byJan Chappuis, Steve Chappuis

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Understanding School Assessment will help parents and community members understand the important role classroom assessment plays in school improvement and student achievement. It explains in clear terms what a healthy, balanced assessment environment looks like in schools and classrooms and what you need to know about the wide variety of assessment information coming home today. This book will help you work knowledgeably with teachers, schools, districts, other parents, and community members to create the best educational environment possible for your child and the children in your community.


 

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Understanding School Assessment will help parents and community members understand the important role classroom assessment plays in school improvement and student achievement. It explains in clear terms what a healthy, balanced assessment environment looks like in schools and classrooms and what you need to know about the wide variety...

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Jan Chappuis and Stephen Chappuis Understanding School Assessment: A Parent and Community Guide to Helping Students Learn What is assessment and why is it changing?Why are there so many tests these days?How can I tell what my child is learning?What assessment practices will benefit students most? Understanding School Assessment ...

Prior to joining ATI, Jan Chappuis was a curriculum and assessment specialist responsible for professional development and school improvement. Her background as an elementary and secondary teacher, combined with her assessment expertise and professional development experience, enables Jan to provide teachers and school leaders with pra...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:March 1, 2006Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
IN TRODUCTION  1
CHAPTER 1
Assessment in School Today  5
What Is Assessment and Why Is It Changing? 5
What Is the Purpose of Assessment? 8
Who Needs Assessment Information?  9
Sununative and Formative Decisions  13
Different Decisions, Different Assessments  20
Testing for Accountability 21
Assessment Literacy in the Schools  23
Important Ideas  25
CHAPTER 2
Connecting Student Motivation and Assessment  27
How Does Motivation Work?  27
Assessment as a Motivator in School 28
Research on Assessment, Motivation, and Student Achievemen 30
Accurate Classroom Assessments  32
Descriptive Feedback  32
Student Involvement in Assessment  36
Important Ideas  41
CHAPTER 3
What Students Learn: Standards, Curriculum, and Learning Targets 43
What Is a Curriculum?  45
What's Different About Curriculum Today?  46
Classroom Learning Targets: Four Categories  47
Who Benefits When Curriculum Is Defined? 52
How Parents Can Learn About the Written Curriculum 58
The Difficulties and Challenges Ahead  61
Important Ideas  63
CHAPTER 4
Classroom Assessment: Principles, Methods, and Issues of Quality 65
Assessment Principles: Standards of Quality 66
Methods of Assessment  70
Which Method Is Best?  76
Issues of Quality  78
Formative Assessment and Student Involvement Within Each Assessment Method  83
Helping with Homework 85
Important Ideas 91
CHAPTER 5
Standardized Testing  93
What Is a Standardized Test? 95
Using Standardized Tests When the Stakes Are High  104
Important Ideas  107
CHAPTER 6
Communicating About Student Learning  109
The Primazy Purpose  110
What's in a Grade?  110
Beyond Letter Grades and Symbols  116
StUdents as Communicators 118
Communication About Standardized Tests  120
Reconciling State Test Results to Report Card Grades  123
Important Ideas  126
CHAPTER 7
Putting the Pieces Together: Parent and Community Involvement in School Assessment 127
Working with the Schools 129
What Parents Should Know and Can Do 130
Conclusion  144
GLOSSARY OF ASSESSMENT TERMS 149
BIBLIOGRAPHY  155