Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4758-5104-5 • Hardback • September 2020 • $69.00 • (£53.00)
978-1-4758-5105-2 • Paperback • September 2020 • $34.00 • (£26.00)
978-1-4758-5106-9 • eBook • September 2020 • $32.00 • (£25.00)
Beth Tarasawa is the Vice President of Research at NWEA, where she collaborates with universities, foundations, and school districts to produce rigorous and accessible educational policy research. Her scholarship focuses on issues related to educational equity, particularly those concerning social class, race, and linguistic diversity.
Amelia Wenk Gotwals is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, where she supports the professional development of preservice and inservice teachers. Her current scholarship focuses on the use of discourse as a formative assessment strategy and ways to promote productive disciplinary discourse in classrooms.
Cara Jackson is an Associate Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, where she collaborates with schools, networks, and nonprofits to plan and conduct evaluations of education programs. Cara is particularly interested in using research and evaluation to support improvement efforts in schools and districts.
The book interweaves practitioner and research perspectives across a number of foundational assessment concepts, presenting a clear perspective on the importance of formative assessment and the role of meaningful teacher and leader collaboration to support growth in assessment literacy. In addition this book provides a clear reminder of the importance of communication with families to help them understand the assessment processes used to support student learning.
— Caroline Wylie, research director, Education Testing Service
The authors present a clear picture of how of assessment can support all students’ learning. With examples of educators’ effective use of different types of assessment, they illustrate how professional collaboration maximizes their value to improving student outcomes.
— Margaret Heritage, consultant, Heritage Consulting, Inc.; senior advisor to WestEd
Cara Jackson, Beth Tarasawa, and Amelia Gotwals have created an accessible resource that educators will find very useful when thinking/planning/implementing student assessments - which is something we teachers are obviously doing a lot of the time!
— Larry Ferlazzo, high school teacher, Education Week Teacher advice columnist, and author of Navigating the Common Core with English Language Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2016)