Ahead of the Curve is the second book in the Leading Edge series. The Leading Edge is the undefined space where leaders venture to impact change it is the place where transformation begins. The Leading Edge series unites education authorities from around the globe and asks them to confront the important issues that affect teachers and administrators the issues that profounAhead of the Curve is the second book in the Leading Edge series. The Leading Edge is the undefined space where leaders venture to impact change it is the place where transformation begins. The Leading Edge series unites education authorities from around the globe and asks them to confront the important issues that affect teachers and administrators the issues that profoundly impact student success. The experts contributing to this anthology do not prescribe one method to transact change. They embrace the mission, trusting that teachers and administrators the true change leaders will venture to the Leading Edge to embrace the challenges and opportunities that will guarantee the success of their students.Ahead of the Curve provides a comprehensive view of the challenges of assessment from a classroom, system, and leadership standpoint and examines the many perspectives of effective assessment design and implementation. The distinguished contributors to this volume support the premise that the fundamental purpose of assessment is not to rate, rank, and sort students, but rather to provide meaningful feedback that leads to improved performance. The authors believe that assessment is most productive when its purpose is for learning rather than for simply measuring it.•Section 1 explores the issues of classroom assessment.•Section 2 considers the challenges of system-level assessment.•Section 3 considers specific assessment challenges for English language learners and special needs students.•Section 4 addresses the issues of assessment leadership.The epilogue presents a powerful example of assessment excellence in action....
|Title||:||Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Assessment to Transform Teaching and Learning|
|Number of Pages||:||268 Pages|
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Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Assessment to Transform Teaching and Learning Reviews
This book is great for an overview of what some contemporaries perceive assessment best practices ought to be. Some of the articles are very pertinent to the classroom teacher, while other ones are pertinent to very different audiences. I think the information on formative assessment and some of the direct classroom implications are helpful. However, Marzano and others in the book get radically into the standards based movement to the point that a lot of their suggestions are far beyond the classroom teacher. My biggest issue is that there is not discussion about how assessments can be racist or culturally insensitive. Additionally, I have a problem that the book doesn't reference UDL (Universal Design Learning) as a method of assessment.
Can I give no stars? This was the most boring book I've ever read regarding education. I don't think the authors of this study in boredom have ever had a good laugh in their lives. Why publish something if it's going to be so bland? After I finished it I wanted to throw it off the airplane somewhere between Salt Lake City and Jackson, but unfortunately I checked it out, so I would have to pay for it if I did such a thing. I wasn't going to spend a dime on such a snooze of a book.
Want to learn more about formative assessment and feedback? This book features chapter articles by the leading throught-leaders in the field of formative assessment and feedback. Featured authors include Rick Stiggins, Dylan William, Doug Reeves, Rick DuFour and others.One of my favorite quotes comes from this book. Reeves reminds us that today's students are quite familiar with formative assessment and feedback. Here's an excerpt:"Watch any child play an electronic game, where the supply of accurate, timely, and specific feedback seems endless: He sits transfixed and immobile, for hours at a time as the steady stream of feedback lures him, in the parlance of the gamer, to 'get to the next level.' This same student is inattentive and disengaged in class. "No student would remain so engaged if feedback were inaccurate or differed based on whether the student is male, female, rich, or poor. No student would be so engaged and devoted to an electronic game if the manufacturer sent the scores by mail to the student days or weeks after the student played the game. No student would stare at a game for hours if, after each defeat, the feedback was only 'you lost the game,' rather than a rich array of feedback on time, available resources, alien attackers, and strategy that games routinely provide.“Effective feedback not only tells students how they performed, but how to improve the next time they engage [in] the task. Effective feedback is provided in such a timely manner that the next opportunity to perform the task is measured in seconds, not weeks or months.”—Doug Reeves, "Challenges and Choices," Ahead of the Curve, pp. 228-229
Great for educators. Shifts your view of tests and why we give them. MOre importantly what we do with the information. All of us has a "Testing Nightmare" story. This book may illuminate all of the mistakes your teachers made in your career!
Required reading. Dry, uninspiring---pedantic drivel.
A quick technical read. Good refresher.
Great ideas about assessment in education.