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Educational LeadershipMarch 2014 /Volume 71/Number 6Using Assessments Thoughtfully
10 The Bridge Between Today’s Lesson and Tomorrow’sCarol Ann TomlinsonTen principles for using formative assessments wisely.
16 The Right Questions, The Right Way Dylan Wiliam “No hands up” and other ideas to help you elicit evidence of students’ thinking.
20 Thoughtful Assessment with the Learner in Mind Jan ChappuisIf we believe we can address the issue of rigor by simply giving rigorous assessments, we’ve missed the point.
28 Formative Assessment in Seven Good Moves Brent Duckor From priming students to probing their responses—these practices make a difference in student outcomes.
34 New Assessments, New RigorJoan Herman and Robert Linn An inside look at the difficulty levels of the new standards.
39 Student-Owned Homework Cathy Vatterott New homework practices reinforce the mind-set that persistence is part of learning.
44 The Problem with Penalties Myron Dueck Ways to deal with late and incomplete work.
50 How We Drive Students to CheatCris Tovani We need to let kids know we expect more than regurgitated answers.
57 The Common Core Assessments: What You Need to Know Nancy Doorey Some answers about when and how new assessments will be implemented.
62 Criterion-Referenced Measurement: Half a Century Wasted? W. James Popham To realize the promise of a revolutionary measurement strategy, we must avoid four misuses.
68 Are Our Kids Ready for Computerized Tests? Kristine GullenWhat makes taking tests online confusing? Some surprising answers from the kids who’ve taken pilot tests.
Commentary73 Personalization: It’s Anything But Personal Maja WilsonAre customized coffees and music choices really personal? And do we want that kind of personalization at school?
Columns & Departments
7 PerspectivesThe Assessor’s Art Marge Scherer
8 Double Take
78 Research SaysBetter Tests Don’t Guarantee Better InstructionBryan GoodwinHigh-stakes testing pressure skews the validity of tests.
82 Art and Science of TeachingUsing Polling Technologies to Close Feedback Gaps Sonny Magaña and Robert J. Marzano Clickers and free online resources speed up lag time between student responses and teacher feedback.
83 Index to Advertisers
85 Power Up! Open Educational Resources: On the Web and FreeDoug Johnson It’s the right time to start curating a wealth of free resources.
88 Principal Connection Service Vs. HospitalityThomas R. HoerrWhat a school leader can learn from a restaurateur.
90 One to Grow On The Principal in the HallwayCarol Ann TomlinsonTalking to passers-by can be central to leadership.
92 Tell Me About…The Most Effective Assessment You Have Used
95 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL TakeawaysEight Takes on Thoughtful Assessment
When Students Lead Their LearningRon Berger Student-led conferences involve students in analyzing their own growth.
Helping Students Climb the Common Core Staircase Harvey F. Silver and Matthew J. Perini Strategies for preparing students to meet the challenges of the new assessments.
The Case for Confidence Tom Schimmer How to lessen anxiety and increase your students’ willingness to try.
The Potential of Adaptive Assessment G. Gage Kingsbury, Edward H. Freeman, and Mike Nesterak Adaptive tests adjust to the individual student’s ability level and provide immediate feedback to teachers.
EL Study Guide Teresa PrestonAlso available on iTunes University.
Inservice Guest Blogger Brent Duckor
Watch This Spot In this clip from the PD Online course Differentiated Instruction: Using Ongoing Assessment to Inform Instruction Carol Ann Tomlinson talks about the differences between assessment of learning and assessment for learning.
EL InterviewTim Westerberg advises principals about how they can support formative assessment.