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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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