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Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Assessment to Transform Teaching and Learning (Leading Edge (Solution Tree)) Hardcover – Jul 2008


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Ahead of the Curve Ahead of the Curve provides a comprehensive view of the challenges of assessmentfrom a classroom, system, and leadership standpointand 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 ... Full description


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x910108e8) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
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HASH(0x92209bc4) out of 5 stars One stop for assessment resources 20 Oct. 2009
By Julie - Published on Amazon.com
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Educators who are beginning to build collective knowledge about common assessments, grading and reporting, formative assessments, and other assessment topics will find this book invaluable. It is one stop for understanding a comprehensive and balanced assessment system. The great assessment thinkers, from Stiggins and Guskey to Reeves and O'Connor contribute to this work, giving the field a common vision of assessment.
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HASH(0x9162d078) out of 5 stars Heavy on theory. Light on practical examples and research backing. 31 Oct. 2012
By Rob Monk - Published on Amazon.com
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Ahead of the curve is heavy on theory and light on practical examples.
You would think a book about "Transforming teaching and learning through assessment." would have some examples of schools who have done just that.
I wonder what a teacher's gradebook would look like under this "Transformed System"? Can't see from this book. No examples. What gradebook system would a transformed school use? I'm none the wiser.
I wonder how the schools that have done this have transformed their results? No schools mentioned or used as an examples.
The chapter I found most frustrating was the one that suggested we should not use a 100 point scale, we should use a 4 or 5 point scale we make up ourselves. We'd then define all achievement on standards against this scale that we made up rather than use %. This will transform assessment!!!

Show me how.

Disappointed as I love the format of "Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap" and "Learning by Doing" which were by the same publisher. These had the right blend of theory and practical examples from real schools that had actually "transformed" their results.
HASH(0x9162af60) out of 5 stars This is a must read for teachers to understand the ... 20 May 2015
By rick j jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must read for teachers to understand the depth of information on assessments. This book covers how to use formative, authentic, summative assessments and more to increase the power of learning.
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HASH(0x912126d8) out of 5 stars Dodge Learning Resources Quickly sends Merchandise!!!! 16 Sept. 2013
By Cynthia Varela - Published on Amazon.com
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As a graduate student I needed this book ASAP for my Teacher Induction Program. I HIGHLY recommend Dodge Learning Resources because they sent my book to me within 5 days. I truly appreciate their promptness and if I need any additional books I will be sure to use this seller. Book came in excellent condition.. Thank you!!!
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HASH(0x91212714) out of 5 stars Assessment 14 Oct. 2012
By Linda S. Mikels - Published on Amazon.com
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The researchers in this work have certainly uncovered the secret to improving teaching and learning. If assessment were used in our classrooms in the way they describe, there would be no achievement gap because time would be the variable and learning the constant.
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