Fair Isn't Always Equal Assessing and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom

ISBN-10: 1571104240
ISBN-13: 9781571104243
Edition: 2006
Authors: Rick Wormeli
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Book details

List price: $33.33
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 1/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Differentiated instruction is a nice idea, but what happens when it comes to assessing and grading students? What's both fair and leads to real student learning? Fair Isn't Always Equal answers that question and much more. Rick Wormeli offers the latest research and common sense thinking that teachers and administrators seek when it comes to assessment and grading in differentiated classes. Filled with real examples and "gray" areas that middle and high school educators will easily recognize, Rick tackles important and sometimes controversial assessment and grading issues constructively. The book covers high-level concepts, ranging from "rationale for differentiating assessment and grading" to "understanding mastery" as well as the nitty-gritty details of grading and assessment, such as:whether to incorporate effort, attendance, and behavior into academic grades; whether to grade homework; setting up grade books and report cards to reflect differentiated practices; principles of successful assessment; how to create useful and fair test questions, including how to grade such prompts efficiently; whether to allow students to re-do assessments for full credit. This thorough and practical guide also includes a special section for teacher leaders that explores ways to support colleagues as they move toward successful assessment and grading practices for differentiated classrooms.

The differentiated instruction mind-set : rationale and definition
Mastery
Principles of successful assessment in the differentiated classroom
Three important types of assessment
Tiering assessments
Creating good test questions
The relative nature of grades and their definitions
Why do we grade, and what about effort, attendance, and behavior?
Ten approaches to avoid when differentiating assessment and grading
Conditions for redoing work for full credit
Six burning grading issues
Grading scales
Gradebook formats for the differentiated classroom
Responsive report card formats
Thirty-six tips to support colleagues as they move toward successful practices for differentiated classrooms
Putting it all together : how do differentiating teachers assess and grade differently?

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