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Classroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know, 7th Edition

By W. James Popham

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 3, 2013


Written with energy and wit, this reader-friendly text discusses practical ways in which teachers can develop and use well-written tests to improve their effectiveness in the classroom.


With its constant attention to the instructional implications of educational assessment, Classroom Assessment:  What Teachers Need to Know, 7/e, helps readers become assessment literate -- to understand the fundamental concepts and processes of educational testing that will influence teachers’ hour-to-hour instructional decisions.  The text recognizes and highlights the exponential increase in the importance of educational assessment in an era of common core state standards, national assessment consortia, and teacher-evaluations based on students’ test scores.  However, because the seventh edition was completed at a time when the nature of high-stakes educational testing in the U.S. was genuinely unsettled, the author consistently informs the readers of instances when, in truth, they need to “stay tuned” for the next development in today’s high-stakes U.S. testing arena.  As a result, the reader feels part of an exciting and evolving profession.



Table of Contents

1           Why Do Teachers Need to Know about Assessment?    

2           Deciding What to Assess and How to Assess It    

3           Reliability of Assessment    

4           Validity    

5           Absence-of-Bias    

6           Selected-Response Tests    

7           Constructed-Response Tests    

8           Performance Assessment    

9           Portfolio Assessment    

10         Affective Assessment    

11         Improving Teacher-Developed Assessments   

12         Formative Assessment    

13         Making Sense Out of Standardized Test Scores   

14         Appropriate and Inappropriate Test-Preparation Practices  

15         The Evaluation of Instruction   

16         Assessment-Based Grading

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