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The Practical Guide to Classroom Literacy Assessment
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The Practical Guide to Classroom Literacy Assessment



December 2006 | 192 pages | Corwin
The Practical Guide to Classroom Literacy Assessment, is every teacher's indispensable guide to assessment of all aspects of elementary literacy. It is an engaging and comprehensive resource for practitioners and pre-service teachers that integrates assessment and instruction activities to demonstrate practical ways for embedding test preparation into teaching and learning. Authentic teaching situations and dialogues in a story-like setting help readers become part of the background as observers, then use the structures and similar activities in their own teaching.

The authors present specific assessment formats with how-to and when-to guidelines for reading, writing, and speaking--illustrated with rich examples, dialogues, scenarios, checklists, and student samples. An essential teacher's resource for linking literacy instruction and assessment more closely, evaluating grading, and providing meaningful instruction while conforming to current testing mandates, this is also an invaluable reference for coaches and administrators.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Assessments With a Focus on Learning: Purposes and Promises
The Historical Root of the Matter

 
Which Literacies?

 
Audiences and Types of Assessments

 
Timing of Tests

 
Reasons for Assessments

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
2. Writing Assessments
Brief Historical Overview of Writing Assessments

 
Writing Assessments Today

 
Types of Writing Assessments

 
Writing Tasks

 
Evaluation Tools

 
Writing Assessment Formats

 
Assessing Processes

 
Assessing Products

 
Organizing and Administering Your Own Scoring Session

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
3. Reading Asessment
Teacher-Created Assessments

 
Commercial Assessments

 
Ongoing Assessments Used to Monitor Progress

 
End-of-Year Assessment

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
4. Oral and Visual Assessments
Speaking

 
Listening

 
Viewing and Experiencing

 
Audience and Purpose

 
Importance of a Variety of Assessment

 
Forms and Products

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
5. Assessment Portfolios
What Is an Assessment Portfolio?

 
What Are the Issues Surrounding Portfolios?

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
6. Putting Assessment in Perspective
Overview of Assessment Data

 
Uses of Assessment

 
A Few Final Assessment Caveats

 
Additional Resources for Assessment

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
Index

"The authors have taken a complex topic and presented it in a very readable, accessible manner. An ideal candidate for school-based professional development organized on the study group model."

Joan Irwin
Educational Consultant

"I found the monthly focuses for the portfolio to be wonderful!"

Amy Huether, SD READS Literacy Coach
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative

Diane M. Barone

Diane M. Barone is Professor Literacy Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.  In her role at the university, she teaches courses in early literacy, diversity and literacy, and qualitative research.  Her research interests center on young children, especially in high poverty schools, and how they develop in literacy.  Her most current study followed 16 children from kindergarten through to Grade 6 to document their literacy growth.  She has been an editor of Reading Research Quarterly and has written numerous articles, book chapters, and books.  Some of her recent books include Reading First in the Classroom... More About Author

Joan M. Taylor

Joan Taylor is a teacher-consultant who works with teachers and students in Title I schools in the Reno/Sparks area of Northern Nevada.  She recently completed a dissertation on A History of Written Composition Instruction in U.S. Elementary Schools.  Her research interests, in addition to historical and current perspectives on writing instruction, are focused on exploring teachers' stories on learning and teaching.She has been a long-time middle school teacher in Washoe County Schools.  She is also Nevada State Networks Writing Project Co-Director, and during the past several years has authored a number of federally funded... More About Author

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