Elementary School Series
The Elementary School Series includes Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms (how to work effectively towards an informed standards-based grading and reporting process) and 7 Actions of Assessment for Learning: Accounts from Elementary Classrooms (Canadian and US elementary teachers relate their classroom experiences).
Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms
The essential components of this book both model and mirror effective practice:
- preparing for learning, teaching, and assessment;
- engaging students in assessment in support of their learning; and
- reporting the learning to others.
There is no single right answer, but rather many right ones that respect the structure of each unique subject area, support student learning and achievement, communicate effectively with a range of audiences, and fulfill our required legal and regulatory responsibilities.
After the book A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High Schools was published, many educators asked when the elementary edition would be available. This book was written in response to these requests and arises from the important work of transforming classroom assessment. It results from many years of working alongside elementary teachers, as well as school and system leaders. These student-, teacher-, administrator-, and parent-tested ideas will help you find your way to grading and reporting processes that are both possible and practical – not just during report card time, but all year long.
7 Actions of Assessment for Learning: Accounts from Elementary Classrooms
A collection of elementary authors from Canada and the US describe their experiences related to supporting student success through the 7 key actions of assessment for learning:
- Have a clear learning destination.
- Use samples to understand quality and development.
- Participate in the co-construction of criteria.
- Be involved in feedback cycles to feed the learning forward, including self- and peer assessment.
- Collect evidence to prove that they have learned.
- Set goals for their next steps.
- Communicate their learning to others, both formally and informally.
Each chapter tells the powerful account of a real-life practitioner and, collectively, they represent a diverse range of grades, subject areas, perspectives, and actions of the assessment process. The voices of these teachers validate the power of quality assessment and illustrate its powerful effects in vivid and concrete ways. This book is a valuable resource for elementary-level educators and those who serve them. It is a companion resource to Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms.
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