A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Assessment: Understanding and Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning
March 2006, Jossey-Bass
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--Helen M. Parke, manager, research and development, Cisco Learning Institute
"This book is an excellent tool for any educator or school system whose mission is the success of each of their students. Status quo will no longer do, and educators will find useful information, suggestions, and motivation in a very usable, easily understood manner. The authors have addressed problems of assessment and evaluations and different learning styles superbly."
--Eva C. Martens, president, Fairview, Oklahoma Board of Education
"A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Assessment requires teachers to re-examine how they plan for and use assessment in the classroom."
--Carla Lovett, mentoring resource teacher, curriculum and instructional services, Bay District Schools, Panama City, Florida
"This book shows the teacher, by example, how to use assessment to improve the quality of learning for each individual student on a daily basis."
--Deanna B. Gooden, parent of a home-schooled child in Georgia
"Butler and McMunn provide both a compelling rationale for changing classroom assessment and a clear model for doing so."
--Glenda Carter, associate professor of science education, North Carolina State University
"In an environment of high-stakes testing, the most effective educators understand that assessment should aim to improve both learning and teaching. Thanks to the experience of veteran educators Nancy McMunn and Susan Butler, teachers engaged in implementing standards-based curriculum can use this book as a guide to demystify assessment and make it a part of a comprehensive instructional plan in every school. Tests teach; what we learn from them depends on our existing knowledge of their purposes and uses in our classrooms. This book should be considered a primer for all educators wishing to implement exemplary programs of instruction."
--Judy M. Couey, director of curriculum and instruction, Mississippi Department of Education
"What a powerful book to bring an understanding of assessment to the classroom teacher. This book is a must-read for any educator ready to ‘bump up’ their practices in the classroom."
--Hope Reagan, educational consultant and former teacher, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
"Steeped in theory and research, A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Assessment translates research into proven classroom strategies that will help any classroom teacher improve student learning. It is a must-read for educators facing state and/or federal accountability."
--Patricia Schenck, district office administrator, Bay District, Panama City, Florida
"A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Assessment reflects the authors’ years of experience and understanding of how to relate powerful research and conceptual ideas into clear, accessible language. This book combines both the best research in assessment with practical applications, models, and explanations that teachers can use in classrooms."
--Jan Williamson, former North Carolina department of education language arts and educational consultant
“In this how-to guide for classroom teachers, McMunn and Butler offer sound, easy-to-understand ideas for designing good assessments at all grade levels. Their experiences and examples from both elementary and secondary classroom instruction make their work practical and simple to understand."
--Jane Bailey, director of teaching and learning, Petoskey, Michigan
"A real how-to book. Educators involved in the day-to-day routine of a classroom—teachers and those who observe them—finally have a ‘go-to’ guide for how to use assessment to make instructional decisions."
--Karen Charles, researcher and developer, RTI, International