Handbook of Classroom Assessment

Handbook of Classroom Assessment

Learning, Achievement, and Adjustment

1st Edition - November 5, 1996

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  • Author: Gary Phye
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080533025

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The Handbook of Classroom Assessment takes a multi-dimensional approach to classroom assessment. A successful combination of theory and practice, the book emphasizes the assessment of classroom learning within content areas and the development of standards for evaluation. Most chapters are devoted to the assessment of learning and achievement and discuss current theories. The book also features assessment of academic self-concept and subjective well-being in children and adolescents. The Handbook provides successfully field-tested examples of assessment techniques and strategies within the content areas of mathematics, social studies, foreign languages, and the visual arts. Contributing chapter authors share the unique distinction of having backgrounds that include both the development of assessment theory and first hand experience translating theory into practice at the classroom, school site, state, or national level. The book is divided into four sections. Section I discusses the top five theories with respect to what learning is, how it's related to achievement, and how we assess both in the classroom setting. Section II on standardized assessment briefly covers all major standardized achievement tests used in preschool, K-6, and 7-12. Assessment of classroom learning, Section III, presents test instruments and techniques specific to the measurement of math skills, social science skills, and artistic talent across ages and grades. Section IV on classroom practices includes an assessment of general reasoning skills and performance and how to develop a grading philosophy.

Key Features

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@bul:* Explains the why, what, and how of classroom assessment
* Combines theory and practice for a multidimensional approach to assessment
* Presents test instruments and techniques specific to measuring various skills
* Uses field-tested examples of assessment techniques
* Provides a resource for staff development at the school site


Educational psychologists, cognitive psychologists, psychologists in test and measurement. Educators.

Table of Contents

  • Assessment: Perspectives and Theory:
    G.J. Cizek, Learning, Achievement, and Assessment: Constructs at a Crossroads.
    G.D. Phye, Classroom Assessment: A Multidimensional Perspective.
    B.S. Plake and J.C. Impara, Teacher Assessment Literacy: What Do Teachers Know about Assessment?
    R.C. Calfee and W.V. Masuda, Classroom Assessment as Inquiry.
    E. Quellmalz and J. Hoskyn, Classroom Assessment of Reasoning Strategies.
    H.W. Marsh and R. Craven, Academic Self-Concept: Beyond the Dustbowl.
    T.A. Bender, Assessment of Subjective Well-Being During Childhood and Adolescence.
    Standardized Assessment:
    C.E. Sanders, Assessment During the Preschool Years.
    T. Ansley, The Role of Standardized Achievement Tests in Grades K-12.
    Assessment of Classroom Learning:
    F.K. Lester, Jr., D.V. Lambdin, and R.V. Preston, A New Vision of the Nature and Purposes of Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom.
    J. Alleman and J. Brophy, Elementary Social Studies: Instruments, Activities, and Standards.
    F.M. Newmann, Authentic Assessment in Social Studies: Standards and Examples.
    N.C. Rhodes, M.H. Rosenbusch, and L. Thompson, Foreign Languages: Instruments, Techniques, and Standards.
    D. Dake and J. Weinkein, A User-Friendly Guide to Assessment in Visual Arts.
    Developing Standards:
    B.H. Loyd and D.E. Loyd, Kindergarten through Grade 12 Standards: A Philosophy of Grading.
    B.M. Stecher and J.L. Herman, Using Portfolios for Large-Scale Assessment.
    A.E. Beaton, The National Assessment of Educational Progress.
    G.D. Phye, Epilogue: Classroom Assessment--Looking Forward.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 545
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1996
  • Published: November 5, 1996
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080533025

About the Author

Gary Phye

Gary D. Phye, Past President of the Iowa Educational Research and Evaluation Association, is the new editor of the Academic Press Educational Psychology Book Series. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters in the areas of classroom learning and transfer. He previously co-edited two of the bestselling volumes in the book series: School Psychology with Dan Reschly and Cognitive Classroom Learning with Tom Andre. In addition to being the co-author of an undergraduate educational psychology text, Dr. Phye has also co-authored (with K. Josef Klauer) a newly-published program designed to teach and assess the inductive reasoning and metacognitive strategies of young children. Dr. Phye is currently working with the Ames Community public schools in the training and assessment of inductive reasoning strategies of special needs children in primary and intermediate grades.

Affiliations and Expertise

Iowa State University, Ames, U.S.A.

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