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Everything School Leaders Need to Know About Assessment

Everything School Leaders Need to Know About Assessment

August 2010 | 224 pages | Corwin
W. James Popham, one of the most well-known and respected experts in educational assessment, discusses the key principles new and seasoned school leaders need to know about educational assessment to do their work effectively.

Readers will come away with crucial understandings that allow them to lead assessment of learning, meet accountability requirements, and communicate knowledgeably about accountability and test results with students, parents, the media, and the public. Using plain language, a witty and engaging writing style, and practical examples, Popham covers:

- Validity, reliability, and assessment bias

- The importance of formative assessment

- Assessing students with disabilities and English language learners

- Interpreting results of large-scale assessments

- Instructional sensitivity of accountability tests

Everything School Leaders Need to Know About Assessment is a concise, authoritative guide to a topic that all educational leaders must understand in these critical times.

About the Author
1. Why Do We Test?
The Role of Assessment

Coping with the Covert

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Unwarranted Perceptions of Precision

Crucial Understandings

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2. Validity: Assessment's Cornerstone
The Validity of Inferences

Collecting Validity Evidence: Three Coins in the Fountain

Crucial Understandings

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3. Test Reliability
Three Kinds of Consistency

Assessment Consistency for Individual Students

Reliability and Validity: Strange Bedfellows?

Crucial Understandings

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4. Assessment Bias
What is Assessment Bias?

Why is Assessment Bias So Reprehensible?

Reducing Assessment Bias

Crucial Understandings

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5. Instructional Sensitivity
Different Quests for Different Tests

Mistaken Evaluations of Schooling

What is Instructional Sensitivity?

Determining an Accountability Test’s Instructional Sensitivity

What’s a School Leader to Do?

Crucial Understandings

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6. Test Construction
Purpose as the Measurement Motivator

A Three-Component Game Plan

Item Development

Item Improvement

Test Assembly

Crucial Understandings

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7. Rubrics: Potentially Potent Evaluative Tools
What Makes Up a Rubric?

Determining a Rubric’s Quality

Crucial Understandings

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8. Formative Assessment: Underused Magic Bullet
What is Formative Assessment

What Evidence Supports Formative Assessment?

How Does Formative Assessment Function?

Once Over, Very Lightly

Crucial Understandings

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9. Assessing Students' Affect
Why Mess Around with Affect?

How to Assess Students’ Affect

Building an Affective Inventory

Crucial Understandings

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10. "Top 20" Crucial Understandings About Educational Assessment
Understanding the Understandings

Spreading the Word

The Top-20 List

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“Finally we have a book written on educational assessment that is easy to understand and keeps the reader engaged and focused on the topic. The author provides practical and useful information for both school administrators and classroom teachers. This book demystifies educational assessment to help educators better meet the needs of students by understanding how assessment relates to good classroom instruction.”

Kenneth Arndt, Superintendent
CUSD #300 Schools, Carpentersville, IL

“The book is definitely needed and makes a distinct contribution to the field, especially for school leaders. The author asks thought-provoking questions and challenges the reader to follow through with staff.”

Marie Blum, Superintendent
Canaseraga Central School District, Canaseraga, NY

"Given the current climate of accountability in our nation, superintendents’ toolboxes should include a solid understanding of the many forms of assessment. This book offers a practical discussion and explanation of educational assessment concepts and procedures that affect a school or district’s outcomes. Of great help to the busy administrator is Popham’s set of crucial understandings in each chapter that detail the essential ideas. The chapter titled 'Top 20 Crucial Understandings about Educational Assessment' reviews all the critical content and serves as a refresher on topics of importance."

The School Administrator, April 2011
American Association of School Administrators

“The writing style is great! Popham writes in such a way that one feels that he is speaking directly to you. The interspersing of humor—mostly in language and terms used—contributes very positively to the content, and the absence of educational jargon was so refreshing. The reader doesn’t feel overwhelmed.”

Robert A. Frick, Superintendent
Lampeter-Strasburg School District, Lampeter, PA

We are adopting the current version

Dr Teresa Cowan
General Studies Dept, Baker College Of Auburn Hills
February 12, 2016

Was not complete enough for the course but useful in some ways.

Dr Derick Williams
Human Services Dept, University Of Virginia
March 21, 2014

Great overview for educational administrators PK-16

Dr Gayle Mindes
School Of Education, Depaul University - Lincoln Park
April 22, 2013

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