Transformative Assessment

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ASCD, 2008 - Education - 150 pages
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If you're at all skeptical that "formative assessment" is just another buzzword, then here's a book that will change the way you think about the role that formative assessment can play in transforming education into a more powerful and positive process. 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. Here's a book that finally explains: (1) What gives formative assessment the unique ability to transform the way you teach and the way students learn; (2) Why true formative assessment is about adjusting instructional decisions; and (3) How formative assessments fit into a sequence of learning progressions. Get step-by-step guidance in how to use four levels of formative assessment to: (1) Help you find out what students are and are not learning and use those discoveries to change your instruction; (2) Give students performance data that helps them adjust their learning tactics; (3) Change classroom climate from grade competition to student-teacher collaboration on reaching specific learning goals; and (4) Build schoolwide learning communities that promote teacher professional development. Whether you're already using formative assessments, just considering them, or wondering why the ones you're using aren't working, this foundational guide gives you a clear pathway and steps to using formative assessments the right way. -- Provided by publisher.
 

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User Review  - davidloertscher - LibraryThing

Popham, who opposes the current do all end all state testing, takes quite a different approach to assessment. He looks at formative rather than the summative once a year kinds. Formative assessment ... Read full review

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Brillian reading! Very engaging and has left me eagerly wanting to buy the book so I can read the rest!
Very well written and SO EASY TO UNDERSTAND :)
Mr Popham is genius!

Contents

Chapter 1Formative AssessmentWhy What and Whether
1
Chapter 2Frameworks for Formative AssessmentLearning Progressions
23
Chapter 3Level 1 Formative AssessmentTeachers Instructional Adjustments
48
Chapter 4Level 2 Formative AssessmentStudents Learning Tactic Adjustments
70
Chapter 5Level 3 Formative AssessmentClassroom Climate Shift
93
Chapter 6Level 4 Formative AssessmentSchoolwide Implementation
109
Chapter 7The Limitations of Formative AssessmentWhat It Cant Do
121
A Visual Epilogue
140
Resources
143
Index
145
About the Author
149
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