Now Online: Assessment in Perspective

March 13th, 2013


We believe this book is a must-have for all educators. It is the perfect guide to maximizing the benefit of assessments; it will help us to truly know, understand, and teach all of our children. Clare and Tammy are top-notch teachers and world-class human beings. In this age of assessment, they are just what we need to keep assessment in perspective.

From the foreword by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, “The Sisters”

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan, authors of Assessment in Perspective start their book with the story of Madeline, a student with significant special needs. As teachers prepared for Madeline’s arrival in their classroom, they poured over “more quantitative data than we thought could exist on one person.” But when Madeline arrived, teachers had trouble getting her to leave the playground and enter the classroom at all. At the end of the day, their mentor shared this thought with Clare and Tammy: “So, who is Madeline? Get to know Madeline. Teach her and notice how she learns, what engages her, and what she needs to learn. If you don’t understand her as a learner in your classroom, then you will never be able to teach her.”

“Assessment is more than a published test or tool that is administered formally. Assessment is also the data we collect authentically, every day,” the authors conclude.

Assessment in Perspective is about moving beyond the numbers and using assessment to find the stories they tell. This book helps teachers sort through the myriad of available assessments and use each to understand different facets of their readers. It discusses how to use a range of assessment types — from reading conference notes and student work to running records and state tests — together to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of a reader. The authors share a framework for thinking about the purpose, method, and types of different assessments. They also address the questions they ask when choosing or analyzing assessments.

The book emphasizes the importance of triangulating data by using varied sources, both formal and informal, and across multiple intervals. It explains the power of looking at different types of assessments side-by-side with displays to find patterns or inconsistencies. What’s more, students are included as valuable sources of data. Letting students in on the process of assessment is key to helping them set goals, monitor their own progress, and celebrate growth.

You can now preview the entire book online on the Stenhouse website.

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  • 1. Deb  |  March 19th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Just finished it. Loved it. Can’t wait to order for my data teams to use.

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