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W. James Popham, one of the most well-known and respected experts in educational assessment, discusses the key principles new and seasoned school leaders need to know about educational assessment to do their work effectively.Readers will come away with crucial understandings that allow them to lead assessment of learning, meet accountability requirements, and communicate knowledgeably about accountability and test results with students, parents, the media, and the public. Using plain language, a witty and engaging writing style, and practical examples, Popham covers:- Validity, reliability, and assessment bias- The importance of formative assessment- Assessing students with disabilities and English language learners- Interpreting results of large-scale assessments- Instructional sensitivity of accountability testsEverything School Leaders Need to Know About Assessment is a concise, authoritative guide to a topic that all educational leaders must understand in these critical times.
Table of Contents
|About the Author|
|Why Do We Test?|
|The Role of Assessment|
|Coping with the Covert|
|Decisions, Decisions, Decisions|
|Unwarranted Perceptions of Precision|
|Validity: Assessment's Cornerstone|
|The Validity of Inferences|
|Collecting Validity Evidence: Three Coins in the Fountain|
|Three Kinds of Consistency|
|Assessment Consistency for Individual Students|
|Reliability and Validity: Strange Bedfellows?|
|What is Assessment Bias?|
|Why is Assessment Bias So Reprehensible?|
|Reducing Assessment Bias|
|Different Quests for Different Tests|
|Mistaken Evaluations of Schooling|
|What is Instructional Sensitivity?|
|Determining an Accountability Test's Instructional Sensitivity|
|What's a School Leader to Do?|
|Purpose as the Measurement Motivator|
|A Three-Component Game Plan|
|Rubrics: Potentially Potent Evaluative Tools|
|What Makes Up a Rubric?|
|Determining a Rubric's Quality|
|Formative Assessment: Underused Magic Bullet|
|What is Formative Assessment|
|What Evidence Supports Formative Assessment?|
|How Does Formative Assessment Function?|
|Once Over, Very Lightly|
|Assessing Students' Affect|
|Why Mess Around with Affect?|
|How to Assess Students' Affect|
|Building an Affective Inventory|
|"Top 20" Crucial Understandings About Educational Assessment|
|Understanding the Understandings|
|Spreading the Word|
|The Top-20 List|
|Recommended Reading Roundup|
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