This book presents a new and refreshing look at student
assessment from the perspective of leading educational theorists,
researchers, and practitioners. The authors call for
boundary-breaking assessment that reflects clear understandings of
the purposes of assessment, a balance of assessment creativity and
realism, the ability to detect solutions for assessment challenges,
and the capacity to question and imagine assessment
The 14 chapters offer school and district educators, policy
makers, researchers, and university teacher preparation faculty
with a comprehensive, current overview of the state and art of
student assessment. Key questions are posed about assessment and
critical challenges are presented along with sound evidence-based
Student assessment is analyzed in terms of its relationship with
classroom instructional practices and large-scale testing programs.
Formative and summative assessments are compared and contrasted.
The role of psychological assessment in informing classroom
practices is profiled along with the need for student voice in fair
Readers will be challenged to consider the ecology of student
assessment, that is, the impact of assessment in classrooms and
schools through to the macro level of globalized societies. The
underpinning values and assumptions of student assessment are
highlighted. Finally, a rationale is offered for reconceptualizing
and redefining assessment.
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