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Q & A Collections: Student Assessment

By Larry Ferlazzo — August 13, 2015 2 min read
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I’ll begin posting new questions and answers in September, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past four years. You can see all those collections from the first three years here.

Today’s theme - the eleventh one in this summer series - is on Student Assessment.

Previous updated thematic collections are:

Classroom Management

Student Motivation

Implementing The Common Core

The Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year

Teaching Social Studies

Project-Based Learning

Brain-Based Learning

Using Tech In The Classroom

Parent Engagement In Schools

Teaching English Language Learners

You can see the list of Student Assessment posts following this excerpt from one of them:

From 2014/15

Formative Assessments Are ‘Powerful’

Jennifer Serravallo, Andrew Miller, Daniel R. Venables, Brady E. Venables, and Larry Ainsworth are contributors to this post.

The ‘Secret Sauce’ of Formative Assessment

This column includes contributions from Libby Woodfin, Tony Frontier, Laura Cabrera and Alice Mercer.

From 2013/14

‘The Grading System We Need To Have’

Rick Wormeli, the well-known educator, author, and speaker, provides the primary response this post. In addition, several readers contributed their own thoughts.

From 2012/13

High-Stakes Testing & Student Engagement

Three author/educators, Michael Opitz, Michael Ford and Bryan Harris, share their guest responses in this post.

From 2011/12

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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