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Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Assessment to Transform Teaching and…

by Larry Ainsworth

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For the third book and trilogy on assessment, we reach back three years to the wonderful series done by Solution Tree Press on major topics in education. Like other volumes such as 21st Century Skills in the same series, the editors reach out to the major thinkers in education and assemble thoughtful essays about the topic. For any teacher librarian trying to keep up in the major ideas being discussed in the field, this series is the best source to “keep up with the Joneses” on what is known about teaching and learning. In this volume, Reeves includes articles by Larry Ainsworth, Lisa Almeida, Anne Davies, Richard DuFour, Linda Gregg, Thomas Guskey, Robert Marzano, Ken O’Connor, Douglas Reeves, Rick Stiggins, Stephen White, and Dylan Wiliam. Readign these experts gives one a sense of what assessment is all about and the ability to help shape what is happening in the school as we all push beyond the high stakes recall tests of NCLB.
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Ahead of the Curve is the second book in the Leading Edge series. The Leading Edge is the undefined space where leaders venture to impact change it is the place where transformation begins. The Leading Edge series unites education authorities from around the globe and asks them to confront the important issues that affect teachers and administrators the issues that profoundly impact student success. The experts contributing to this anthology do not prescribe one method to transact change. They embrace the mission, trusting that teachers and administrators the true change leaders will venture to the Leading Edge to embrace the challenges and opportunities that will guarantee the success of their students. Ahead of the Curve provides a comprehensive view of the challenges of assessment from a classroom, system, and leadership standpoint and 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 feedback that leads to improved performance. The authors believe that assessment is most productive when its purpose is for learning rather than for simply measuring it.… (more)

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