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Classroom Assessment Principles and Practice that Enhance Student Learning and Motivation.

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-07-24
  • Publisher: Pearson
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A comprehensive, nontechnical, engaging, look at how assessment is used to improve student learning and motivation.

Drawing on recent research and new directions in the field, this concise, engaging book shows teachers how to use classroom assessment effectively for improving student learning and motivation. Key strategies and techniques are demonstrated through practical, realistic examples, suggestions, and case studies. The new edition emphasizes formative assessment and includes more in-depth coverage of self-assessment, the impact of standards-based accountability testing, 21st century knowledge, dispositions and skills, technology-enhanced items, and assessment of culturally diverse students. Each chapter provides aids to help readers learn and practice the skills of that chapter, including new Teacher Corners features illustrating actual teachers’ thinking about classroom assessment, introductory case studies, chapter concept maps, new figures, suggestions for action research, self-instructional review exercises, and links to digital resources. 


Also available with MyLab Education

Designed to bring learners more directly into the world of K-12 classrooms and to help them see the real and powerful impact of the assessment concepts covered in this book, MyLab™ Education provides practice using classroom assessment concepts in teaching situations, helps students and instructors see how well students understand the content, and helps students more deeply process assessment concepts and strategies and also better understand how to use those concepts as a teacher. The online resources in this MyLab include:

  • Video Examples. Throughout the eText, embedded videos provide illustrations of sound assessment practices in action.  
  • Self-Check Assessments. Throughout the chapters, students will find self-check quizzes that help assess how well students have mastered chapter learning outcomes. The quizzes consist of self-grading multiple choice items that provide rationales, both for questions answered correctly and for questions answered incorrectly.  
  • Application Exercises. These scaffolded exercises, tied to learning outcomes, challenge learners to reflect on assessment and to apply what they have learned to real classroom assessment work.  
  • MyLab Education includes the Pearson eText version of the book.

Note: This is the standalone ISBN and does not include access to MyLab Education. To order MyLab Education plus the book, use ISBN 0134522087. 


Author Biography

James McMillan is Professor of Education in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He obtained his masters degree from Michigan State University and his doctorate from Northwestern University, and has taught at VCU for 35 years. Dr. McMillan has published several editions of three research methods textbooks and two assessment texts, in addition to over 60 journal articles, and has made many national, international and state presentations. He is editor of the Sage Handbook of Research on Classroom Assessment (2013) and has chaired two AERA Special Interest Groups - Classroom Assessment and Professors of Educational Research. His current research interests include classroom assessment, benchmark testing, student perceptions of assessment related to mistakes and learning errors, and the impact of high-stakes testing on educational policy, schools and students. Dr. McMillan resides in Richmond, Virginia, and summers in northwest lower Michigan.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1.  The Role of Assessment in Teaching and Learning

Chapter 2.  Standards and Cognitive Learning Targets

Chapter 3.  High-Quality Classroom Assessment

Chapter 4.  Embedded Formative Assessment

Chapter 5.  Summative-Based Formative Assessment

Chapter 6.  Summative Assessment I: Planning and Implementing Classroom Tests

Chapter 7.  Summative Assessment II: Using Standards-Based and Standardized Tests

Chapter 8.  Selected-Response Assessment: Multiple-Choice, Binary-Choice, and Matching Items

Chapter 9.  Constructed-Response Assessment: Completion, Short-Answer, and Essay Items

Chapter 10.  Performance Assessment

Chapter 11.  Assessing “Noncognitive” Dispositions and Traits

Chapter 12.  Assessing Students with Special Needs

Chapter 13.  Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Different Students

Chapter 14.  Grading and Reporting Student Performance

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