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Alternative Assessment Techniques for Reading & Writing. Wilma Miller, $48.00

This practical resource helps elementary classroom, remedial reading, and LD teachers make the best possible informal assessment of a child's specific reading, writing, and spelling strengths and weaknesses and attitudes toward reading. Written in easy-to-follow nontechnical language, it provides a multitude of tested informal assessment strategies and devices, such as "kid watching," retellings, journals, IRIs, writing surveys, portfolios, 'think-alouds' and more — including more than 200 reproducible assessment devices ready for immediate use!

You'll find a detailed description of each informal assessment techniques along with step-by-step procedures for its use and, wherever possible, one or more reproducible sample devices. Complete answer keys for each device are included with the directions.


Celebrating Children's Learning: Assessment Beyond Levels in the Early Years. Julian Grenier, Sue Finch & Caroline Vollans, $33.50

In response to growing pressure on early years practitioners to adopt a ‘tick-box’ approach to recording children’s progress, Celebrating Children’s Learning sets out a bold, alternative vision for assessment in the early years. Drawing upon an inspiring collaboration between London nursery schools, this book explores and reconsiders the purpose of observation in early years settings.

Contributors provide a range of examples to guide early years practitioners as they develop their own methods of observation. Play, social interaction, and cooperation with parents are shown to be valuable opportunities for keen observation. Chapters discuss:

  • moving beyond data-focussed assessment
  • characteristics of effective learning
  • ensuring inclusive assessment
  • collaborating with parents from diverse backgrounds
  • outdoor learning — a Forest School approach

Checklists & Rubrics Grades 1-3. Popular Book Company (Canada) Ltd., $12.99 (also available for Grades 4-6)

The Popular Teaching Resources Collection has been developed specifically for elementary school teachers to facilitate their teaching. Curriculum-based reproducible forms, checklists, information sheets, and other materials for classroom use are so handy and readily available that teachers no longer need to design and make them on their own, so that they can put their time to better use.

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Classroom Assessment & Grading that Work. Robert Marzano, $36.50

If you've ever questioned the logic of reducing a student's entire academic performance to a single test score or a vague letter grade, then here's a book that will revolutionize the way you think about assessment and grading. Drawing from years of in-depth research, Robert J. Marzano provides you with guidelines and steps for designing a comprehensive assessment program that ensures assessments and grades lead to timely, accurate feedback on specific, standards-based learning goals. Discover how classroom assessments — from quizzes and projects to term papers and test — provide your school with the most powerful tool to boost achievement. Learn why point systems and score averaging are ineffective ways to grade students' progress. And get clear advice on how to immediately create better assessments for a single classroom or an entire system.


Dilemmas In Classroom Assessment and What To Do About Them. Robert Wilson, Editor, $34.00

Teachers at all levels face certain dilemmas when they assess their students. They want to encourage them, to help them grow in their learning, but often the policies and practices they are required to follow contradict these wishes. Dilemmas in Classroom Assessment brings together a collaboration of experienced educators, each writing a chapter that relates directly to their experiences and understandings of a specific assessment issue.


Educative Assessment: Designing Assessments to Inform and Improve Student Performance. Grant Wiggins, $62.00

This book covers all aspects of assessment design, including how to craft performance tasks that meet rigorous educational standards, how to score assessments fairly, and how to structure and judge student portfolios. It also looks at how performance assessment can be used to improve curriculum and instruction, grading and reporting and teacher accountability.

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Evaluating Students: How Teachers Justify and Defend Their Marks to Parents, Students and Principals. Alex Shirran, $24.95

Marks and letter grades are not simply assigned. In our high-stakes testing era, teachers need to be well-versed in the theory, practice, and politics of marking, and be able to justify and defend their evaluation and teaching practices Ö This timely book uses compelling case studies and suggests specific strategies for clarifying classroom assessment and advancing the teacher's relationship with students, parents, and administrators. The book explores all the involved aspects, from the basic conditions and criteria for marking to details on calculating grades. This teacher-friendly book also looks into the many issues around the role of standardized tests.


Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice, 2nd Edition. Lynn Meltzer, editor, $48.50

This groundbreaking volume, now revised and updated, has given thousands of educators and clinicians a deeper understanding of executive function (EF) processes in typically developing children and those with learning difficulties and developmental disabilities. The book elucidates how PreK–12 students develop such key capacities as goal setting, organization, cognitive flexibility, working memory, and self-monitoring. Exemplary practices for supporting students with EF difficulties in particular content areas — reading, writing, and math — are reviewed. New to This Edition:

  • Updated throughout with a decade's worth of significant advances in research, theory, and educational best practices.
  • Chapter on early childhood.
  • Chapter on embedding EF strategies in the curriculum.
  • Expanded coverage of reading — chapters on recent fMRI research findings; working memory and reading; and self-regulation and reading comprehension.

Five Standards for Effective Teaching: How to Succeed with All Learners, Grades K-8. Stephanie Stoll Dalton, $29.99

An ideal model for differentiating teaching for inclusive instruction in any classroom.

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FOCUS on the Test: Five Weekly Lessons Designed to Teach Test-Taking Skills. Mary Pat McCartney, $20.95 Grades 3-5

FOCUS on the Test is a five-lesson classroom or small-group program that packages effective test-taking strategies. The book includes posters, activities, and worksheets. Students are given opportunities to reflect on their comprehension of the concept presented and how they will incorporate it into their test-taking procedures.


A Guide to Documenting Learning: Making Thinking Visible, Meaningful, Shareable, and Amplified. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano & Janet Hale, $44.95

Documenting learning is a process that makes thinking about learning processes visible, meaningful, shareable, and amplified. It facilitates student-driven learning, helping students reflect on and articulate their own learning processes. It also helps teachers reflect on their own learning and classroom practice. When teachers are co-creators with their students, both gain valuable insights that inform future learning and empower students as engaged learners. This unique how-to book

  • Explains the purposes and different types of documentation
  • Teaches different “Learning Flow” systems to help educators integrate documentation throughout the curriculum
  • Provides authentic examples of documentation in real classrooms
  • Is accompanied by a robust companion website where readers can find even more documentation examples and video tutorials

Written for educators of any grade level, this book provides insights into contemporary learning and professional learning environments, and emphasizes the power of technology to amplify teaching and learning beyond school walls.


Informative Assessment: When It’s Not About a Grade. Robin Fogarty & Gene Kerns, $33.70

This research-based book provides a succinct yet substantive discussion about formative assessments and how they impact the teaching/learning cycle.

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Just the Right Words: 201 Report Card Comments. Mona Melwani, $21.99

Just the Right Words is a time-saving resource packed with ideas you can use as models when writing student report cards and assessments. Complete with sentence stems, word lists and report card writing tips, Just the Right Words makes narrative comments easier for educators to write and more meaningful for parents.


Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them. Ross Greene, $20.00

School discipline is broken. Too often, the kids who need our help the most are viewed as disrespectful, out of control, and beyond help, and are often the recipients of our most ineffective, most punitive interventions. These students — and their parents, teachers, and administrators — are frustrated and desperate for answers. Dr. Ross W. Greene, author of the acclaimed book The Explosive Child, offers educators and parents a different framework for understanding challenging behavior. Dr. Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach helps adults focus on the true factors contributing to challenging classroom behaviors, empowering educators to address these factors and create helping relationships with their most at-risk kids. This revised and updated edition of Lost at School contains the latest refinements to Dr. Greene’s CPS model, including enhanced methods for solving problems collaboratively, improving communication, and building relationships with kids. Dr. Greene’s lively, compelling narrative includes:

  • Tools to identify the problems and lagging skills causing challenging behavior
  • Explicit guidance on how to radically improve interactions with challenging kids and reduce challenging episodes — along with many examples showing how it’s done
  • Practical guidance for successful planning and collaboration among educators, parents, and kids
Backed by years of experience and research and written with a powerful sense of hope and achievable change, Lost at School gives teachers and parents the realistic strategies and information to impact the classroom experience of every challenging kid (and their classmates).

Performance-Based Assessment for 21st Century Skills. Todd Stanley, $49.95

Performance-based assessments allow classroom teachers an alternative to traditional multiple-choice tests. We often use fill-in-the bubble assessments in education to determine the readiness of students. However, in the 21st-century workplace, these types of tests fail to truly prepare students. How many times in the real world are we called upon to take a multiple-choice test? In the real world, we are called upon to prove our merit through performance-based assessments, displaying our 21st-century skills. We should be preparing students for this in the classroom. Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills makes the argument that teachers should use performance-based assessments in the classroom. It guides the educator step by step to show how he or she can create performance-based assessments for students, including what they look like, teaching students how to create them, setting the proper classroom environment, and how to evaluate them.

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Redefining Fair: How to Plan, Assess and Grade for Excellence in Mixed-Ability Classrooms. Damian Cooper, $59.95

In REDEFINING FAIR, the author confronts the resistance and obstacles schools experience when implementing differentiation and shows how to overcome them. Learn how to define proficiency accurately and differentiate to help all students achieve it. With a focus on mixed-ability classes, the author outlines instructional practices that engage, empower, and motivate students. Using stories, strategies, case histories, and sample documents, he explains how to implement equitable instruction, assessment, grading, and reporting practices for diverse 21st century learners.


Self Assessment and Goal Setting, 2nd Edition. Kathleen Gregory, Caren Cameron & Anne Davies, $19.95

This handy guide focuses on practical ways for teachers to involve students in their own assessment and setting goals for learning.


Setting and Using Criteria, 2nd Edition. Kathleen Gregory, Caren Cameron & Anne Davies, $19.95

This handy guide offers tried and true ways for teachers to involve students in their own assessment. Using a four-step process for co-constructing criteria, the book shows teachers how to use these criteria for assessing learning without using grades or other evaluative feedback.

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So What Do They Really Know? Assessment That Informs Teaching and Learning, Grades 6-12. Cris Tovani, $30.95

Explore the complex issue of monitoring, assessing, and grading students' thinking and performance with fairness and fidelity. This practical book describes assessment systems and structure and shows teachers how to use assessments to monitor student growth and provide targeted feedback that enables students to master content goals. It also shares ways to bring students into the assessment cycle so they can monitor their own learning, maximizing motivation and engagement.


Studying, Test Taking, and Getting Good Grades: Reproducible Activities for Kids Grades 5-9. Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling, $42.95

This entirely reproducible student activity book is designed to build a base of understanding and skill development in the broad spectrum of learning, studying, and test-taking; provide opportunities for students to apply this knowledge to their own lives; and to provide opportunities to practice and discuss new information and skills so students are better prepared to apply these techniques and skills in all subject areas.


A Teacherís Guide to Classroom Assessment: Understanding and Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning. Susan Butler & Nancy McMunn, $39.99

A Teacherís Guide to Classroom Assessment is a comprehensive guide that shows step-by-step how to effectively integrate assessment into the classroom. Written for both new and seasoned teachers, this important book offers a practical aid for developing assessment skills and strategies, building assessment literacy, and ultimately improving student learning.

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Together Is Better: Collaborative Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting. Anne Davies et al, $28.00

Together Is Better will give teachers the confidence to try new approaches to evaluation. It shows how to include parents and children in assessing, evaluating, and reporting the learning that takes place in the classroom and how students can take ownership of that learning. This book provides many valuable examples and strategies for collaboration, including:

  • the process for three-way learning and three-way conferencing
  • how to set learning goals and evaluation criteria with students and parents
  • how to help students recognize and evaluate their own learning
  • how to integrate assessment, evaluation, and reporting into daily classroom life

Together Is Better provides practical strategies, innovative ideas, and adaptable examples for elementary classroom teachers, administrators, and teachers-in-training.


Transformative Assessment. W. James Popham, $28.95

W. James Popham clarifies what formative assessment really is, why itís right for your school or classroom, and how to use this approach to improve teaching, learning, classroom climate, teacher professional development, and school performance. Whether youíre already using formative assessments, just considering them, or wondering why the ones youíre using arenít working, this foundational guide gives you a clear pathway and steps to using formative assessments the right way.


Unhomework: How to Get the Most Out of Homework Without Really Setting It. Mark Creasey, $22.95

Of all the aspects of day-to-day school life, the one that causes the most agro and unpleasantness for children, their teachers and their parents is homework. That said, of all the aspects of day-to-day school life, the one that could add the most value to children’s school experience, to their approach to learning, to their achievements in the classroom and to their success beyond school as independent, resilient and resourceful life-long learners is... homework. But homework approached in a very different manner. This book, drawn from genuine classroom experience when it comes to setting homework that really makes a positive difference, is full of tips and ideas to help make the move from the teacher setting homework to children taking responsibility for their own work.

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Using Curriculum Mapping & Assessment Data to Improve Learning. Bena Kallick & Jeff Colosimo, $38.70

Data experts provide detailed guidelines on analyzing information from curriculum maps and assessments, making decisions based on data, and changing school culture to enhance learning outcomes.


What Does it Mean to be Well Educated? And More Essays on Standards, Grading and Other Follies. Alfie Kohn, $18.00

In this new collection of 18 articles, Kohn explores some of the most important topics in education. He argues that we systematically ignore the real goals of schooling while lavishing attention on misguided models of learning and motivation.


Windows on Learning: Documenting Young Children's Work. Judy Harris Helm et al, $37.95

Completely updated, this popular guide provides teachers with a proven method for documenting (collecting, analyzing, and displaying) young children's work at school. Written by teachers for teachers, this classic resource also shows principals, curriculum coordinators, and directors of Head Start and other early intervention programs how to develop children's portfolios to share with parents or to use for assessment and other accountability purposes.

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Complete Booklist

Alternative Assessment Techniques for Reading & Writing. Wilma Miller, $48.00

Celebrating Children's Learning: Assessment Beyond Levels in the Early Years. Julian Grenier, Sue Finch & Caroline Vollans, $33.50

Checklists & Rubrics Grades 1-3. Popular Book Company (Canada) Ltd., $12.99 (also available for Grades 4-6)

Classroom Assessment & Grading that Work. Robert Marzano, $36.50

Dilemmas In Classroom Assessment and What To Do About Them. Robert Wilson, Editor, $34.00

Educative Assessment: Designing Assessments to Inform and Improve Student Performance. Grant Wiggins, $62.00

Evaluating Students: How Teachers Justify and Defend Their Marks to Parents, Students and Principals. Alex Shirran, $24.95

Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice, 2nd Edition. Lynn Meltzer, editor, $48.50

Five Standards for Effective Teaching: How to Succeed with All Learners, Grades K-8. Stephanie Stoll Dalton, $26.95

A Guide to Documenting Learning: Making Thinking Visible, Meaningful, Shareable, and Amplified. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano & Janet Hale, $44.95

Informative Assessment: When Itís Not About a Grade. Robin Fogarty & Gene Kerns, $33.70

Just the Right Words: 201 Report Card Comments. Mona Melwani, $21.99

Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them. Ross Greene, $20.00

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Performance-Based Assessment for 21st Century Skills. Todd Stanley, $49.95

Redefining Fair: How to Plan, Assess and Grade for Excellence in Mixed-Ability Classrooms. Damian Cooper, $59.95

Self Assessment and Goal Setting, 2nd Edition. Kathleen Gregory, Caren Cameron & Anne Davies, $19.95

Setting and Using Criteria, 2nd Edition. Kathleen Gregory, Caren Cameron & Anne Davies, $19.95

So What Do They Really Know? Assessment That Informs Teaching and Learning, Grades 6-12. Cris Tovani, $30.95

Studying, Test Taking, and Getting Good Grades: Reproducible Activities for Kids Grades 5-9. Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling, $42.95

A Teacherís Guide to Classroom Assessment: Understanding and Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning. Susan Butler & Nancy McMunn, $39.99

Together Is Better: Collaborative Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting. Anne Davies et al, $28.00

Transformative Assessment. W. James Popham, $28.95

Unhomework: How to Get the Most Out of Homework Without Really Setting It. Mark Creasey, $22.95

Using Curriculum Mapping & Assessment Data to Improve Learning. Bena Kallick & Jeff Colosimo, $38.70

What Does it Mean to be Well Educated? And More Essays on Standards, Grading and Other Follies. Alfie Kohn, $18.00

Windows on Learning: Documenting Young Children's Work. Judy Harris Helm et al, $37.95

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