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Essential Assessment

Six Tenets for Bringing Hope, Efficacy, and Achievement to the Classroom

By: Nicole Dimich, Cassandra Erkens, Tom Schimmer

Explore six essential tenets of assessment that will help deepen your understanding of assessment to meet standards and enhance your students’ academic success.

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Essential Assessment

Discover how to use the power of assessment to instill hope, efficacy, and achievement in your students. With this research-based resource, you’ll explore six essential tenets of assessment—assessment purpose, communication of assessment results, accurate interpretation, assessment architecture, instructional agility, and student investment—that will help deepen your understanding of assessment to not only meet standards but also enhance students’ academic success and self-fulfillment.

  • Interpret the research-based tenets of assessment that are necessary to maximize all students’ learning.
  • Gain advice and strategies for immediately acting on the six essential assessment tenets.
  • Discover why it is vital that assessment practices build students’ and teachers’ hope, efficacy, and achievement.
  • Consider scenarios that illustrate traditional, outmoded assessment practices and revised scenarios that feature practices that better reflect modern assessment needs.
  • Reflect on questions related to the content of each chapter and study next steps that teaching teams can take.

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Product Code: BKF752,EKF354

ISBN: 9781943874491

Essential Assessment provides a framework that outlines a foundation of beliefs and practices that reach far beyond the testing mindset to positively impact the lives of students and foster a sense of empowerment. With the six tenets in his or her back pocket, any educator will be more thoughtful and intentional about the culture of assessment promoted within his or her school and classroom.”

Kim Bailey, author, education consultant, and former director of professional development and instructional support, Capistrano Unified School District, California

“On many pages of this book, my thought was ‘I wish I had written that.’ Easy to read and logically organized, this book supports educators in deepening their general knowledge of assessment and classroom assessment literacy and strengthens conversations about making assessment a support for learning.”

Kathy Dyer, senior professional development specialist, Northwest Evaluation Association, Oregon

“For far too long, assessment is something that has been done to students by teachers—a game of ‘gotcha’ in which students rarely know the rules and typically end up feeling defeated. In Essential Assessment, Erkens, Schimmer, and Vagle provide a clear picture of what powerful assessment practices look like when they are focused on learning, and when teachers and students build hope, efficacy, and achievement through the assessment process.”

Eric Twadell, superintendent, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Illinois

Essential Assessment offers instructional leaders a clear, concise guide to best practices in assessment design and implementation. This resource keeps the purpose in mind, offering practical guidance in working with assessment, identifying relevant research for additional investigation, and offering reflection questions to deepen practitioners’ understanding. Essential Assessment is an excellent resource for any instructional leader who seeks to bridge the gap between knowing and doing.”

Catherine Holmes, executive director of curriculum, instruction, and professional learning, Irvine Unified School District, California

“Combining hope and assessment in one title is a masterpiece. It is worth reading this book because of the focus on interpreting and using assessments, seeing assessment as feedback information for teachers, and teaching students to use assessment to invest in further learning. Very well written, with plenty of examples and great resources. After reading it, you should be able to turn hope into action.”

John Hattie, laureate professor, director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute, Melbourne Graduate School of Education; chair, board of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership; associate director of the ARC-SRI: Science of Learning Research Centre

Essential Assessment blends the effect good assessment practices have on both teachers and students to reshape the mindset about learning together in an environment that is both fun and focused.”

Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for instruction, Lincoln Public Schools, Nebraska

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