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Assessment for Education

Assessment for Education
Standards, Judgement and Moderation

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December 2013 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This is a very exciting book and should be read widely by anyone who wants a better understanding of the role of assessment in the diverse, globalised, digital societies of the 21st century.' 
- Professor Mary James, University of Cambridge, President, British Educational Research Association

'Highly readable and thoroughly researched, this call for a new vision of education deserves to be ready by all those who share the concern to shape today's assessment practices to meet the needs of tomorrow's society.' 
- Professor Patricia Broadfoot, CBE, University of Bristol

Do you need a practical guide to assessment, curriculum and policy? Are you also looking for a book that is firmly grounded in theory and professional practice?

This book makes assessment processes transparent for practitioners, and shows how assessment should align with curriculum and teaching for success in education. The book will show you how practitioner use of achievement standards can improve learning, equity, social justice and accountability.


Inside this book, you will learn about:

  • Quality assessment and judgement practice
  • Relationships across curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning
  • Front-ending assessment based on the learner's needs
  • Practitioner judgement approaches and standards
  • The conditions under which teacher assessment can be valid
  • Principles derived from research of social moderation practices

Assessment for Education is the perfect guide for students, researchers, academics and teaches, and anyone working in curriculum and assessment policy.

Foreword by Professor Paul Black
Why Teachers Need to Understand Standards
A Sociocultural Perspective of Teachers' Judgement Practice and Learning
Alignment and Front-Ending Assessment
Moderation and the Use of Standards
How Teachers Can Use Standards to Improve Student Learning
Sustainable Assessment Cultures
Assesment and Digital Literacies
Futures-oriented Assessment

'This is a very exciting book and should be read widely by anyone who wants a better understanding of the role of assessment in the diverse, globalised, digital societies of the 21st century. Adopting a sociocultural perspective, it moves on from obsessions with measurement, to examine much deeper issues about quality, human judgement, ethics, and negotiated agreement'
- Professor Mary James, Univeristy of Cambridge Faculty of Education, President, British Educational Research Association

An essential book for Educators of assessment, Highly recommended

Mrs Diane Elizabeth Myers
Education, City of Sunderland College
October 11, 2016

An excellent book which is ideal for learners on a range of education and training courses.

Mr Justin Honey-Jones
Commercial Training and CPD, AoFA Qualifications
February 1, 2016

Essential information applicable to course content

Mrs Terrie A Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
January 10, 2016

This book provided sound rationale on why things are what they are, however, I was hoping for more guidance on how to change things.

Mr Paul Smith
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Dundee University
March 10, 2015

Interesting to me as a tutor with an interest in assessment. too complex and theoretical for my students in the context of this course. Better suited for masters level study of assessment rather than developing understanding of trainee teachers.

Dr Sarah Askey
Education Deanery, Liverpool Hope University
February 26, 2015

Good reading resources for post reg students.

Mrs Petra Chipperfield
Department of Adult Nursing, City University
November 6, 2014

Slightly too challenging for undergraduate students

Miss Caroline Lewis
Swansea School of Education, Swansea Metro Univ.
July 2, 2014

Recommended for people doing MA or PhD research in the topic of assessment. The level of research is beyond the scope of Initial teacher Training course for which I evaluated it. But it makes a good case for the need for formative assessment and shows how hallow the exam-based systems have become.

Mrs Suzanne Savage
FCPS, Kidderminster College
March 19, 2014

Unfortunately, whilst there was a good deal of information in this book it was not specific enough for our needs.

Mrs Linda Crittenden
Learning Support, Mid Kent College of Higher & F.E.
March 13, 2014

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