Classroom Assessment shows pre-service and in-service teachers how to use classroom testing accurately and formatively to dramatically increase their teaching effectiveness and make a difference in how well students learn. As a companion to an introductory course in educational assessment, I have not been able to find a text that better addresses the instructional needs of educators who are entering the field. The illustrations and examples are exemplary in giving students a thorough understanding of what they have read . There are clear and concise guidelines on how to develop quality classroom assessments. It is relevant and up-to-date with the Common Core Standards, PARCC assessments, and Smarter Balance. Popham covers core measurement concepts in a highly accessible manner. The author also pays particular attention to the implications of testing on teaching. He makes an effort to disarm students who have anxiety about the mathematical formulas that are often emphasized in other measurement texts . The new Eighth Edition highlights the increasing importance of educational assessment in an era of common core state standards and teacher evaluations based on students’ tests scores and incorporates the new Standards for Educational and Psychological testing guidelines throughout relevant sections. Despite the ease with which one can read the text, it is full of essential information for pre-service teachers. [The validity] chapter has given me a “new” perspective on teaching validity . Parent Talk features describe situations in which a teacher needs to explain something about assessment to parents and show what the author would say in that situation. And a lighter tone is established with cartoons to which readers can relate. *The text is committed to fostering readers' realizations regarding the critical link between testing and teaching.Instructional implications are constantly stressed in the text. *The 5th edition contains a brand-new website providing readers with Extra Electronic Exercises for each chapter, so readers, if they wish, can solidify their understanding of what chapters address (go to
The text also introduces pre-service teachers to new tools and approaches to classroom assessment that result from the infusion of computer-based technologies in schools.
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.