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First Year Highlights: Assessment

By Larry Ferlazzo — July 31, 2012 1 min read

I’m taking the summer off from answering new questions while I work on my next book.

Instead, I’ve been posting “collections” bringing links together from previous posts on common topics (classroom management, reading instruction, student motivation,instructional strategies, parent engagement in schools, education policy issues, etc.). I’ve published almost fifty separate “answers” over the past year, and thought that readers might find these summer compilations more accessible.

Today, I’ll be bringing together all my posts on assessment in schools.

Over the summer, of course, I’ll also be preparing future responses, so keep those questions coming!

You can send them to me at lferlazzo@epe.org.When you send it in, let me know if I can use your real name if it’s selected or if you’d prefer remaining anonymous and have a pseudonym in mind.

You can also contact me on Twitter at @Larryferlazzo.

Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of ten published by Jossey-Bass.

Here are this year’s posts on assessment -- I’m posting them in order of popularity (based on their number of “tweets”):

1. Ways to Include Students in the Formative Assessment Process

Author and educator Amy Benjamin, California teacher Cheryl Suliteanu, and I offer our suggestions.

2. Several Kinds Of Grading Systems

Professor Thomas R. Guskey, author Susan M. Brookhart, educator Bill Ivey, and I share our thoughts and practices.

3. Standardized Test Critiques & Potential Alternatives

Professors David C. Berliner and Yong Zhao offer their thoughts on the topic.

4. Helping Long-Term ELL’s & Evaluating ELL Teachers Fairly

Katie Hull Sypnieski, the best teacher I’ve ever seen in the classroom, and staff from the American Federation of Teachers researching teacher evaluation contribute their responses.

5. Ways the “Next Generation” of Standardized Tests Should Treat ELL’s

Representatives from the two groups of states preparing the new assessments, the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC, and The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium, or PARCC, contribute responses.

I hope you’ve found this summary useful and, again, keep those questions coming!

The opinions expressed in Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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