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Concise Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Assessment and Grading

If you have ever asked, “What are the best practices in grading and assessment?” then look no further. Your most challenging questions are answered through this FAQ dialogue that covers how to implement effective and strong assessment practices quickly and easily.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Hope, Efficacy, and Achievement
Chapter 2: A Culture of Learning
Chapter 3: Assessment Purpose
Chapter 4: Assessment Architecture
Chapter 5: Communication of Results
Chapter 6: Accurate Interpretation
Chapter 7: Instructional Agility
Chapter 8: Student Investment
Table of Contents by Topic
Glossary of Terms
A Comprehensive Resource List From the Solution Tree Assessment Center (STAC)

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  • Guskey, T. R. (2020). Get set, go! Creating successful grading and reporting systems. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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  • Reeves, D. (2016b). FAST grading: A guide to implementing best practices. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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  • White, K. (2019). Unlocked: Assessment as the key to everyday creativity in the classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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