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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is one of two consortia designing the assessments for the Common Core State Standards.

Partnership for the Assessment Readiness of College and Careers
Partnership for the Assessment Readiness of College and Careers

The Partnership for the Assessment Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) is one of two consortia designing the assessments for the Common Core State Standards.

Tying Together the Common Core of Standards, Instruction, and Assessments
Tying Together the Common Core of Standards, Instruction, and Assessments

Two officers of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation cowrote this article on resources for school districts to use as they implement the Common Core State Standards.

Curriculum, Assessment, and the CCSM
Curriculum, Assessment, and the CCSM

This report highlights the key findings from the national conference "Moving Forward Together: Curriculum & Assessment and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics."

What are Classroom Challenges?
What are Classroom Challenges?

Classroom Challenges, developed by the Mathematics Assessment Project (MARS), include both problem-solving and content development formative assessment lessons. Here you can access lesson plans, student materials, PowerPoint slides, and other resource materials to facilitate the implementation of the Classroom Challenges in support of the Common Core State Standards.

Digital Learning Strategies Arias
Digital Learning Strategies Arias

Students can now demonstrate their learning by using apps and online resources to conduct research, solicit feedback, and collaborate with others more effectively than ever before. Digital tools also provide teachers with effective ways to assess student work. Michael Fisher outfits you for this new world by opening your thinking to new possibilities for teaching and engaging 21st century students.

Succeeding with Standards: Linking Curriculum, Assessment, and Action Planning
Succeeding with Standards: Linking Curriculum, Assessment, and Action Planning

Standards have little value unless they are implemented by teachers in their everyday practice. That’s why you need this book on how to link all aspects of your local curriculum to state and national standards. Explore the 11 components involved in the standards-linking process, and know the key issues to address at every stage. Sample standards, planning guides and tools, and a detailed action plan ensure you get started and stay on track.

Grading and Group Work: How Do I Assess Individual Learning When Students Work Together? Arias
Grading and Group Work: How Do I Assess Individual Learning When Students Work Together? Arias

Assessment expert Susan M. Brookhart explains how to assess and report on (but not grade) learning skills and group interaction skills.

Advancing Formative Assessment in Every Classroom:  A Guide for Instructional Leaders
Advancing Formative Assessment in Every Classroom: A Guide for Instructional Leaders

Making formative assessment the norm in every classroom throughout your school is much easier when you have this book's clear guidelines and simple steps. Using examples from their extensive work with teachers, the authors give you the strategic talking points, conversation starters, and ready-made tools. Here's your chance to get what you need to help your school embrace a major cultural change that leads to better teaching and learning.

Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom
Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom

Here's a book that gives you lots of ways to check for understanding. Learn why typical methods to check for understanding are usually ineffective, and explore formative assessment techniques that work in any subject area and grade level.

Formative Assessment Strategies for Every Classroom: An ASCD Action Tool, 2nd Edition
Formative Assessment Strategies for Every Classroom: An ASCD Action Tool, 2nd Edition

This second edition of an ASCD's best-selling Action Tool gives you more than 60 tools—with tips and implementation steps—for creating and using formative assessments in every grade level and subject.

What Teachers Really Need to Know About Formative Assessment
What Teachers Really Need to Know About Formative Assessment

Emphasizing applications at the secondary school level, this "teacher's-eye" view of formative assessment lays out a foundation for why this process works and provides lots of assessment strategies to use before, during, and after instruction.

Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom
Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom

The leading expert on differentiation, Carol Ann Tomlinson, joins measurement and assessment expert Tonya R. Moon to provide you with a framework for differentiation that improves pre-assessments, formative assessments, summative assessments, grading, and report cards.

How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom
How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom

Don't settle for assessing recall and comprehension only when you can use this guide to create assessments for higher-order thinking skills. Assessment expert Susan M. Brookhart brings you up to speed on how to develop and use test questions and other assessments that reveal how well your students can analyze, reason, solve problems, and think creatively.

Instruction That Measures Up: Successful Teaching in the Age of Accountability
Instruction That Measures Up: Successful Teaching in the Age of Accountability

Teaching in today’s schools is different, and teachers have to know what to do to help their students come out as winners in a test-pressured environment. Here’s a book that explains how to do that with a practical framework for teaching in the accountability age.

Exploring Formative Assessment (The Professional Learning Community Series)
Exploring Formative Assessment (The Professional Learning Community Series)

With enough materials for seven sessions total, this guide helps you focus your PLC on formative assessment, including: defining formative assessment, sharing goals for student learning, and using formative assessment in instructional planning. Agendas, schedules, handouts, and background readings are included.

How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students
How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students

Here at last is a guide that helps you always know how to give the right feedback for all kinds of assignments, in every grade level and subject area. Susan M. Brookhart covers every possible aspect of the topic, from what kinds of feedback work best, to when and how often to give feedback, to how to use oral, written, and visual feedback.

Tests That Teach: Using Standardized Tests to Improve Instruction
Tests That Teach: Using Standardized Tests to Improve Instruction

Using samples from language arts, science, social studies, and math, Karen Tankersley familiarizes you with the types of questions that are typical to standardized tests, explains the skills and knowledge students need to do well, and provides lesson ideas, teaching strategies, and learning activities that prepare students to think independently.

Transformative Assessment
Transformative Assessment

Renowned expert W. James Popham clarifies what formative assessment really is, why it’s right for your school or classroom, and how to use this approach to improve teaching, learning, classroom climate, teacher professional development, and school performance.

Classroom Assessment and Grading That Work
Classroom Assessment and Grading That Work

Drawing from years of in-depth research, Robert J. Marzano provides you with guidelines and steps for designing a comprehensive assessment program that ensures assessments and grades lead to timely, accurate feedback on specific, standards-based learning goals.

Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning
Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning

If you've ever doubted that it was fair or effective to judge teachers on the basis of student test scores alone, then here's a book that will introduce you to better ways to use measures of student achievement in your teacher assessment system.

Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the Common Core Institute
Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the Common Core Institute

Regardless of your grade level, focus, or subject area, a huge challenge of implementing the Common Core State Standards is to link formative assessment with high-quality instruction that forwards deep content knowledge. Find out how to do that and ensure that your assessments align to instruction and lead to a system of data collection, analysis, and impact that results in higher levels of student achievement. Attend this one-day institute to discover how to link classroom formative assessment practices to instructional shifts in the new standards for English language arts and mathematics; explore the ways in which assessment tasks can inform instruction understand how to construct an error-analysis tool aligned with the Common Core standards.

PD Online: Differentiated Instruction: Using Assessment Effectively
PD Online: Differentiated Instruction: Using Assessment Effectively

Assessment is more than standardized or summative testing. It is much broader—a photo album to the isolated test's snapshot, an overall view of what goes on in the learning environment. Its purpose is to help students learn rather than to simply catalog their mistakes. Differentiating instruction requires teachers to respond to variations in students' readiness, interest, and learning profiles, information best gathered through appropriate use of assessment. This six-lesson online course identifies ways to use assessment to pinpoint students’ learning needs, reflects on some principles of differentiated instruction, and analyzes different ways to use continual assessment to inform instruction.

PD Online: Assessment: Promoting Assessment for Learning
PD Online: Assessment: Promoting Assessment for Learning

This course shows educators how to shift focus and learn how to use assessment for learning. Throughout this course, you will be introduced to the concept of assessment for learning. You'll learn the teacher behaviors that promote student learning and support sound assessment, which the author calls the "Be's." These principles come from the many practices that teachers can adapt to promote assessment that enhances student learning, rather than ranking student achievement. As you consider the implications of these ideas for your own practice, as well as for the overall practices in your schools and districts, you'll create a plan for your ongoing professional growth in assessment literacy.

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