Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
7: Planning for Assessment
Before You Watch
To begin this workshop session, you will tap your prior knowledge and experience and then read current research on designing effective classroom assessments.
Reflect on Your ExperienceConsider the types of assessments you have used, then answer the following questions. You may want to save your answers in order to reflect on them again at the end of the session.
Examine the ResearchRead the articles listed below, then answer the following questions.
Articles"How Classroom Assessments Can Improve Learning" (PDF, 410 K)
This article discusses the importance of making assessments that are useful to teachers and students, following assessments with corrective instruction, and giving students multiple chances to demonstrate learning.
Guskey, Thomas R. "How Classroom Assessments Can Improve Learning." Educational Leadership 60, no. 5 (February 2003): 7-11.
"Designing Scoring Rubrics for Your Classroom" (PDF, 168 K)
This article describes different types of rubrics and provides a step-by-step process for designing scoring rubrics for classroom use.
Mertler, Craig A. "Designing Scoring Rubrics for Your Classroom." Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation 7, no. 25 (2001).
"Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages"
Part 1 (PDF, 761 K) | Part 2 (PDF, 661 K) | Part 3 (PDF, 683 K)
The featured excerpts provide an overview of rubrics and include a sampling of real rubrics used to evaluate performance assessments. Read the excerpt specified for your grade level: elementary school (pp. 65-77), middle school (pp. 65-67, 78-83), or high school (pp. 65-67, 84-95).
Sandrock, Paul. Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages, 65-95. Milwaukee, WI: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2002.
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