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The Practical Guide to Classroom Literacy Assessment


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Assessment | Literacy, K-12

January 2007 | 192 pages | Corwin
The Practical Guide to Classroom Literacy Assessment, is every teacher's indispensable guide to assessment of all aspects of elementary literacy. It is an engaging and comprehensive resource for practitioners and pre-service teachers that integrates assessment and instruction activities to demonstrate practical ways for embedding test preparation into teaching and learning. Authentic teaching situations and dialogues in a story-like setting help readers become part of the background as observers, then use the structures and similar activities in their own teaching.

The authors present specific assessment formats with how-to and when-to guidelines for reading, writing, and speaking--illustrated with rich examples, dialogues, scenarios, checklists, and student samples. An essential teacher's resource for linking literacy instruction and assessment more closely, evaluating grading, and providing meaningful instruction while conforming to current testing mandates, this is also an invaluable reference for coaches and administrators.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Assessments With a Focus on Learning: Purposes and Promises
The Historical Root of the Matter

 
Which Literacies?

 
Audiences and Types of Assessments

 
Timing of Tests

 
Reasons for Assessments

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
2. Writing Assessments
Brief Historical Overview of Writing Assessments

 
Writing Assessments Today

 
Types of Writing Assessments

 
Writing Tasks

 
Evaluation Tools

 
Writing Assessment Formats

 
Assessing Processes

 
Assessing Products

 
Organizing and Administering Your Own Scoring Session

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
3. Reading Asessment
Teacher-Created Assessments

 
Commercial Assessments

 
Ongoing Assessments Used to Monitor Progress

 
End-of-Year Assessment

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
4. Oral and Visual Assessments
Speaking

 
Listening

 
Viewing and Experiencing

 
Audience and Purpose

 
Importance of a Variety of Assessment

 
Forms and Products

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
5. Assessment Portfolios
What Is an Assessment Portfolio?

 
What Are the Issues Surrounding Portfolios?

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
6. Putting Assessment in Perspective
Overview of Assessment Data

 
Uses of Assessment

 
A Few Final Assessment Caveats

 
Additional Resources for Assessment

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
Index

"The authors have taken a complex topic and presented it in a very readable, accessible manner. An ideal candidate for school-based professional development organized on the study group model."

Joan Irwin
Educational Consultant

"I found the monthly focuses for the portfolio to be wonderful!"

Amy Huether, SD READS Literacy Coach
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative

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