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Paperback Classroom Assessment : What Teachers Need to Know Book

ISBN: 0205333044

ISBN13: 9780205333042

Classroom Assessment : What Teachers Need to Know

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This description may be from another edition of this product. Develop and use well-written tests, master the essentials of educational assessment, and improve instruction and learning Written with both clarity and wit, Classroom Assessment shows pre- and...

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A rather good read for a text book

I found this book to be refreshingly easy to read. Popham's personality shows through as he takes the reader through the paces if an admittedly dry subject. I am a graduate teaching student getting initial certification and have been substitute teaching for over two years. Most of the books and articles I have been assigned to read are purely informational; it is refreshing to read a book that reflects the author's voice so well without losing any of the important details of the subject.

If you want to see improvement in your student's progress you've gotta get this book!!!!

Before reading this book, I was at a loss in my classroom as to how to use assessments to monitor progress, evaluate my instructional methods, and to be sure that students were mastering the content. Mr. Popham gives precise research based strategies to do ALL these things and MORE. Most books on assessment are dry and so dense you loathe having to read them but Mr. Popham exceeded my expectations in this respect. I don't know how he did it but the text is informational and humorous at the same time. I actually laughed out loud at some of his expressions...I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I would suggest this text for any school district that wants to understand the fallibility of standardized/high-stakes tests and wants to be sure that students learn the content represented on these tests and not just how to take the test.

Got book in great shape and fast.

The book is in great condition and it got to me the fastest of all the books I ordered at the same time.

Popham Knows Best

Just what the professor ordered! Geat condition and arrived ahead of schedule!

Easy to understand, helpful for K-12 teachers

Popham's work is some of the easiest-to-read, least jargon filled, in the area of designing classroom tests. Chapter by chapter, he takes the reader through the different kinds of test questions, how to write them, how to grade them, how to tell if your students understand what you're asking; then he provides case studies, examples, and lists of further reading.The easy kinds of questions come first: selected-response, that is, questions where the test-taker picks an answer from ones provided by the teacher, such as multiple-choice, true-false, and matching. Popham explains how to write these clearly, how to reduce the confusion on the direction of true-false questions (and why it's NOT a good idea to try and "trick" your students by writing ambiguous or deliberately confusing answers). Then the constructed-response type of questions, that is, ones where students write the answers: short-answer and essay. Again, Popham discusses how to write these clearly, how to write instructions indicating what kind of answer you expect, and, perhaps most important, especially for the novice teacher, how to grade these types of questions. He goes through the issue of "rubrics" - grading systems for essay questions which tell how many points will be given for different features of the answer, such as the value of the information, the spelling and grammar, the use of certain key words, etc, and how to decide what will constitute an "excellent" or "acceptable" or "not acceptable" answer in those categories.One of the most extensive and informative features of the book is Popham's sidebars on how to explain to students why they have to take these kinds of tests, and, even more, how to explain tests to parents, especially standardized tests. Explaining to parents what the tests are supposed to measure, and how test results will be used, is a very big issue these days, especially in states with high-stakes testing; Popham's book will give you practice in addressing questions from parents, administrators, etc.
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