A Measure of Success by Mary F Claggett. From Assignment to Assessment
A Measure of Success

A Measure of Success

From Assignment to Assessment in English Language Arts

    If a teacher could read only one professional text this year, it should be Fran Claggett's A Measure of Success.
    —North Carolina English Teacher
Teachers are at the heart of any meaningful reform in education, and it is to these teachers that A Measure of Success is addressed—not with the prospect of providing easy answers to questions about classroom assessment, but with the hope of raising common concerns and exploring possibilities.

Taking the position that assessment is useful only as it is aligned with curriculum, Fran Claggett considers how to frame assignments and how to assess...

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    If a teacher could read only one professional text this year, it should be Fran Claggett's A Measure of Success.
    —North Carolina English Teacher
Teachers are at the heart of any meaningful reform in education, and it is to these teachers that A Measure of Success is addressed—not with the prospect of providing easy answers to questions about classroom assessment, but with the hope of raising common concerns and exploring possibilities.

Taking the position that assessment is useful only as it is aligned with curriculum, Fran Claggett considers how to frame assignments and how to assess them. Underlying her approach is the need to teach students how to value and assess their own achievement and growth. The use of classroom portfolios to achieve this end is carefully documented.

Throughout the book, Claggett integrates current reading and writing theories that support her approach. The theoretical basis is not assumed; it is clearly set forth in the text. There are chapters on structuring reading; writing; and integrated projects involving graphics, oral presentations, and other creative forms. Strategies for assessment are incorporated into strategies for teaching. The book includes a number of specific materials that can be duplicated for classroom use: self-assessment charts; rubrics for assessing reading, writing, and team projects; open-ended questions about literature that are compatible with a constructivist theory of reading; and prompts combining reading, writing, and teamwork. The impact of large-scale assessment on classroom teaching and methods for achieving departmental change in teaching and assessing are also addressed.

Any teacher, student, administrator, teacher-educator, or policymaker hoping to better understand classroom assessment and how it affects and reflects student learning will find this book a valuable resource.

Contents

Contents:
Taking Our Measure: An Introduction
1. Measure for Measure: Redefining the Subject
2. Assigning and Assessing Reading
3. Assigning and Assessing Writing
4. Structuring and Assessing Integrated Projects
5. Classroom Portfolios: From Self-Discovery to Self-Assessment
6. Measuring Success: A Department Changes from Within
7. In Large Measure: School, District, and State Assessment
Measuring Up: An Endnote