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Everything School Leaders Need to Know About Assessment - W. James Popham

Everything School Leaders Need to Know About Assessment

Paperback Published: 3rd August 2010
ISBN: 9781412979795
Number Of Pages: 224

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W. James Popham, one of the most well-known and respected experts in educational assessment, discusses the key principles new and seasoned school leaders need to know about educational assessment to do their work effectively.

Readers will come away with crucial understandings that allow them to lead assessment of learning, meet accountability requirements, and communicate knowledgeably about accountability and test results with students, parents, the media, and the public. Using plain language, a witty and engaging writing style, and practical examples, Popham covers:

- Validity, reliability, and assessment bias

- The importance of formative assessment

- Assessing students with disabilities and English language learners

- Interpreting results of large-scale assessments

- Instructional sensitivity of accountability tests

Everything School Leaders Need to Know About Assessment is a concise, authoritative guide to a topic that all educational leaders must understand in these critical times.

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"Finally we have a book written on educational assessment that is easy to understand and keeps the reader engaged and focused on the topic. The author provides practical and useful information for both school administrators and classroom teachers. This book demystifies educational assessment to help educators better meet the needs of students by understanding how assessment relates to good classroom instruction." -- Kenneth Arndt, Superintendent
"The book is definitely needed and makes a distinct contribution to the field, especially for school leaders. The author asks thought-provoking questions and challenges the reader to follow through with staff." -- Marie Blum, Superintendent
"Given the current climate of accountability in our nation, superintendents' toolboxes should include a solid understanding of the many forms of assessment. This book offers a practical discussion and explanation of educational assessment concepts and procedures that affect a school or district's outcomes. Of great help to the busy administrator is Popham's set of crucial understandings in each chapter that detail the essential ideas. The chapter titled 'Top 20 Crucial Understandings about Educational Assessment' reviews all the critical content and serves as a refresher on topics of importance." -- The School Administrator, April 2011
"The writing style is great! Popham writes in such a way that one feels that he is speaking directly to you. The interspersing of humor-mostly in language and terms used-contributes very positively to the content, and the absence of educational jargon was so refreshing. The reader doesn't feel overwhelmed." -- Robert A. Frick, Superintendent

About the Author
Why Do We Test?
The Role of Assessment
Coping with the Covert
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Unwarranted Perceptions of Precision
Crucial Understandings
Recommended Reading
Validity: Assessment's Cornerstone
The Validity of Inferences
Collecting Validity Evidence: Three Coins in the Fountain
Crucial Understandings
Recommended Reading
Test Reliability
Three Kinds of Consistency
Assessment Consistency for Individual Students
Reliability and Validity: Strange Bedfellows?
Crucial Understandings
Recommended Reading
Assessment Bias
What is Assessment Bias?
Why is Assessment Bias So Reprehensible?
Reducing Assessment Bias
Crucial Understandings
Recommended Reading
Instructional Sensitivity
Different Quests for Different Tests
Mistaken Evaluations of Schooling
What is Instructional Sensitivity?
Determining an Accountability Test's Instructional Sensitivity
What's a School Leader to Do?
Crucial Understandings
Recommended Reading
Test Construction
Purpose as the Measurement Motivator
A Three-Component Game Plan
Item Development
Item Improvement
Test Assembly
Crucial Understandings
Recommended Reading
Rubrics: Potentially Potent Evaluative Tools
What Makes Up a Rubric?
Determining a Rubric's Quality
Crucial Understandings
Recommended Reading
Formative Assessment: Underused Magic Bullet
What is Formative Assessment
What Evidence Supports Formative Assessment?
How Does Formative Assessment Function?
Once Over, Very Lightly
Crucial Understandings
Recommended Reading
Assessing Students' Affect
Why Mess Around with Affect?
How to Assess Students' Affect
Building an Affective Inventory
Crucial Understandings
Recommended Reading
"Top 20" Crucial Understandings About Educational Assessment
Understanding the Understandings
Spreading the Word
The Top-20 List
Recommended Reading
Recommended Reading Roundup
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ISBN: 9781412979795
ISBN-10: 141297979X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 3rd August 2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36

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