ERIC Number: ED481155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Test Better, Teach Better. The Instructional Role of Assessment.
Popham, M. James
This book explores the links between assessment and instruction and provides a jargon-free look at classroom and large-scale test construction, interpretation, and application. The book offers a "crash course" in instructionally focused assessment with practical advice for dealing with testing targets and standards-based achievement tests. The chapters are: (1) "The Links between Testing and Teaching"; (2) "How Tests Can Clarify the Curriculum"; (3) "Too Many Testing Targets"; (4) "Validity, Reliability, and Bias"; (5) "An Introduction to Test Building"; (6) "Selected-Response Items"; (7) "Constructed Response Items"; (8) "The Value of Affective Assessment"; (9) "Uses and Misuses of Standardized Achievement Tests"; (10) "Instructionally Supportive Standards-Based Tests"; and (11)"Collecting Credible Classroom Evidence of Instructional Impact." An Epilogue, "Cora in Her Classroom: An Illustration of Instructionally Focused Testing," shows the application of the principles of the book. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Instruction, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Test Construction
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.