Reflections on Assessment by Kathleen Strickland, James Strickland.
Reflections on Assessment

Reflections on Assessment

Its Purposes, Methods, & Effects on Learning

By Kathleen Strickland, James Strickland

    One of the most coherent, concise, and readable books about the subject I've ever encountered.
    —Jim Burke, CATENet
Assessment and evaluation are probably the most difficult—if not the most controversial—challenges teachers face. There are no easy answers, nor is there a program to follow—the foundation of assessment and evaluation is an understanding of the philosophy of transactional teaching and learning. Kathleen and James Strickland's new book provides such an understanding, enabling teachers to devise and manage assessment strategies that truly meet the needs of their students.

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    One of the most coherent, concise, and readable books about the subject I've ever encountered.
    —Jim Burke, CATENet
Assessment and evaluation are probably the most difficult—if not the most controversial—challenges teachers face. There are no easy answers, nor is there a program to follow—the foundation of assessment and evaluation is an understanding of the philosophy of transactional teaching and learning. Kathleen and James Strickland's new book provides such an understanding, enabling teachers to devise and manage assessment strategies that truly meet the needs of their students.

Reflections on Assessment presents middle and secondary teachers with a comprehensive picture of what can be a complex subject—from definitions and history to practical suggestions and political implications. It looks at the theory that drives student-centered assessment and evaluation, and examines practical strategies teachers can use to "make it work" in a system still based on behaviorist principles.

Classroom examples are integrated throughout to help teachers in their teaching, grading, communication with parents, and presentation of ideas to other teachers and school boards. To illustrate points, the Stricklands include stories of teachers who have used a variety of strategies and techniques to:

  • drive curriculum and teaching
  • assess and evaluate within the constraints of district and state mandates
  • grade students in a way that is consistent with student-centered learning.
Reflections on Assessment fills an important need for more philosophical and practical information on assessment. It will be a valuable tool for both practicing and preservice teachers.

Contents

Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Assessment Drives Instruction
3. Strategies for Assessment and Evaluation
4. Portfolios
5. Grading: The Square Peg in the Round Hole
6. Teachers Aren't the Only Players
7. Standards and Standardization: The Politics of Assessment and Evaluation