Assessment Balance and Quality An Action Guide for School Leaders

ISBN-10: 013254878X

ISBN-13: 9780132548786

Edition: 3rd 2010

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Book details

List price: $57.45
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Pearson Education Canada
Publication date: 3/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Laying the Foundation
Working at the System Level
Seven Actions to Ensure Student Success
Supporting the Learning of the Leaders
Contents of This Action Guide
Laying the Foundation
Building the Vision
The Path to Assessment Balance and Quality
Required Skills for Assessment Balance and Quality
Planning for Action
Additional Content
Building the Vision
Vision
Balanced Assessment Systems
Classroom Assessment
Interim/Benchmark Assessment
Annual Testing
Vision
Accurate Assessment
Keys to Accuracy
Keys to Effective Use
Vision
Classroom Assessment for Student Learning
Assessment for Learning
Summary of the Vision
Reflecting on the Vision of Excellence in Assessment
Building a Vision of a Quality, Balanced Assessment Program
The Path to Assessment Balance and Quality
Beginning Your School or District Self-Evaluation
Balance Your Assessment System
Is Your Assessment System in Balance?
Deepening Your Understanding of Balanced Assessment Systems
Formative or Summative?
Conducting an Assessment Audit
Refine Achievement Standards
What Is the Current State of Your Achievement Standards?
Deepening Your Understanding of Refined Standards
Ensure Assessment Quality
Can You Ensure Assessment Quality?
Deepening Your Understanding of Assessment Quality
Help Learners Become Assessors by Using Assessment for Learning
Strategies in the Classroom
Are Your Learners Involved in Their Own Assessment?
Deepening Your Understanding of Assessment for Learning Strategies in the Classroom
Build Communication Systems That Both Support and Report Learning
Do Your Teachers Know How to Communicate Effectively about Student Learning?
Deepening Your Understanding of Balanced Communication Systems
Motivate Students with Learning Success
Do Your Teachers Use Learning Success to Motivate Students?
Deepening Your Understanding of How to Motivate Students with Learning Success
Promote the Development of Assessment Literacy
Do You Need to Promote the Development of Assessment Literacy?
Deepening Your Understanding of How to Promote Assessment Literacy
Summarizing the Path to Excellence in Assessment
School/District Assessment System Self-Evaluation
Required Skills for Assessment Balance and Quality
Leading Assessment for Learning
The leader understands the attributes of a sound and balanced assessment system, and the conditions required to achieve balance in local systems
Success Indicators for Competency 1
Practice with Competency 1
Merging Local and State Assessment Systems
Auditing for Balance in Classroom Assessment
The leader understands the necessity of clear academic achievement standards, aligned classroom-level achievement targets, and their relationship to the development of accurate assessments
Success Indicators for Competency 2
Practice with Competency 2
Embracing the Vision of a Standards-based School
Implementing the Written Curriculum
Deconstructing Standards into Classroom-level Achievement Targets:
Practice for School Leaders
The leader understands the standards of quality for student assessments, helps teachers learn to assess accurately, and ensures that these standards are met in all school/district assessments
Success Indicators for Competency 3
Practice with Competency 3
Indicators of Sound Classroom Assessment Practice
Analyze Assessments for Clear Targets
The leader knows assessment for learning practices and works with staff to integrate them into classroom instruction
Success Indicators for Competency 4
Practice with Competency 4
Communicating Learning Targets in Student-friendly Language
Assessment for Learning Self-evaluation
The leader creates the conditions necessary for the appropriate use and reporting of student achievement information, and can communicate effectively with all members of the school community about student assessment results, including report card grades, and their relationship to improving curriculum and instruction
Communicating Annual Test Scores to Parents and Community
Grading and Reporting
Success Indicators for Competency 5
Practice with Competency 5
A Rubric for Sound Grading Practice
When Grades Don't Match the State Assessment Results
A Standard Cover Letter to Parents
The leader understands the issues related to the unethical and inappropriate use of student assessment and protects students and staff from such misuse
Success Indicators for Competency 6
Practice with Competency 6
"Is This Responsible?"
Guidelines for Test Preparation and Administration
The leader can plan, present, and/or secure professional development activities that contribute to the use of sound assessment practices
Success Indicators for Competency 7
Practice with Competency 7
Supporting Teacher Learning Teams
Discussing Key Assessment Concepts with Faculty
The leader knows and can evaluate teachers' classroom assessment competencies, and helps teachers learn to assess accurately and use the results to benefit student learning
Success Indicators for Competency 8
Practice with Competency 8
Verifying Teachers' Content Knowledge and Assessment Competence
Should Teachers Be Held Accountable for Assessment Competence through Evaluation?
The leader analyzes student assessment information accurately, uses the information to improve curriculum and instruction, and assists teachers in doing the same
Common and Interim/Benchmark Assessments
Annual Assessments
Success Indicators for Competency 9
Practice with Competency 9
The leader develops and implements sound assessment and assessmentrelated policies
Success Indicators for Competency 10
Practice with Competency 10
Using School/District Policies to Support Quality Assessment
A Self-analysis for School Leaders
Planning for Action
Making Connections between Leadership Competencies and the Seven Actions
Making Connections between a District's Current Direction and Assessment Literacy
Linking the Ten Assessment Competencies for School Leaders with the 2008 ISLLC Educational Leadership Policy Standards and the Twenty-one
Principal Leadership Responsibilities
Action Planning for Assessment Balance and Quality
Where Are We Trying to Go with Our Assessment System?
Where Are We Now?
How Can We Close the Gap between the Two?
Prioritizing the Actions to Take
Action Planning Templates
Top Section of the Action Planning Template
Bottom Section of the Action Planning Template
Additional Planning Considerations
The Comprehensive Assessment Plan
Helping Policy Makers Understand Balance and Quality
Communicating and Monitoring the Plan
Analysis of Impact
Case Study of an Individual Teacher or a Few Teachers
The Study of a Learning Team
In Closing
References
About the Authors
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