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  • The Assessment, Accountability, and Standards Program at serve (a federally financed education laboratory that serves the Southeast) has worked with districts and schools to improve classroom assessment for the past seven years. In addition to a newsletter, Assessment Hotspots, that reports on its work, the organization has professional-development materials to engage teachers in crafting effective assessments.
    www.serve.org
  • “Classroom Assessment and the National Science Education Standards,” a report of the National Research Council, published in 2001, explains how classroom assessments can improve learning in science.
    http://books.nap.edu/catalog/9847.html
  • CATCH—or Classroom Assessment as a Basis for Teacher Change—is a project of the National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and Science at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a subcontract to the Freudenthal Institute at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. It is based on the belief that changing teachers’ assessment practices is vital to changing teaching and learning.
    www.fi.uu.nl/catch
  • “Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment” summarizes a meta-analysis of studies on classroom assessment by Paul J. Black and Dylan Wiliam of King’s College, London, completed in 1998. Additional publications by the United Kingdom’s Assessment Reform Group, “Assessment for Learning: Beyond the Black Box,” 1999, and “Assessment for Learning: 10 Principles,” 2002, also are available.
    www.assessment-reform-group.org.uk
  • “Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment,” another 2001 report of the National Research Council, examines the connection between advances in cognition, technology, and assessment design.
    http://books.nap.edu/catalog/10019.html
  • “The Role of Classroom Assessment in Teaching and Learning,” by Lorrie A. Shepard, CSE Technical Report 517, February 2000, provides a framework for making assessment an integral part of teaching and learning.
    www.cse.ucla.edu/CRESST/pages/reports.htm
  • “Student Evaluation Standards,” by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation, provides teachers and others with guidance about effective student-evaluation practices. The committee, which represents 18 national education organizations, approved the standards this month. They will be published by Corwin Press later this year. n “Student Evaluation Standards,” by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation, provides teachers and others with guidance about effective student-evaluation practices. The committee, which represents 18 national education organizations, approved the standards this month. They will be published by Corwin Press later this year.
    http://ec.wmich.edu/jointcomm/ses/
  • “Student-Involved Classroom Assessment,” 2001, by Richard J. Stiggins, shows teachers how to create high-quality classroom assessments. n “Student-Involved Classroom Assessment,” 2001, by Richard J. Stiggins, shows teachers how to create high-quality classroom assessments.
    www.prenhall.com/stiggins

More information is also available about the Assessment Training Institute.
www.assessmentinst.com

A version of this article appeared in the May 22, 2002 edition of Education Week as Resources

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