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Differentiated Assessment Strategies

Differentiated Assessment Strategies
One Tool Doesn't Fit All

Second Edition

January 2012 | 216 pages | Corwin
Assessment is an essential component of differentiated instruction. Assessing students before, during, and after instruction allows teachers and curriculum leaders to draw from a repertoire of assessment tools and strategies not only to improve student performance but also to help students self-assess and take responsibility for their own learning. The assessment strategies in this book will give teachers and curriculum leaders ready-to-use tools for evaluating and activating students' prior knowledge; continually monitoring learning to provide feedback to students and inform instruction; assessing developmental readiness for new learning among younger, adolescent, and teen learners; assessing learner preferences, cognitive styles, and multiple intelligences; creating flexible learning groups for students to work together, alone, with partners, or in small groups; and creating adjustable assignments for students who are beginners or who are struggling, who are performing at grade level or approaching mastery, or who are performing at advanced mastery levels. This collection of ready-to-use assessment strategies will be appropriate for struggling learners, learners with special needs, learners who are performing at grade level, and for advanced learners. The new edition has been reorganized to be more user-friendly, is thoroughly updated, and includes a generous collection of new strategies.
About the Authors
1. One Tool Doesn't Fit All: Introduction
What Is Differentiated Assessment?

Analyzing Your View of Differentiated Assessment

Building the Toolbox to "Zap the Gaps"

Assessment in the Age of Accountability

What Is the Teacher's Role in Differentiated Assessment?

Opening the Toolbox

2. Bringing Research and Best Practices to Differentiated Formative Assessment
Processing Information and Memory

Why Students Forget and Why They Remember

Assist the Brain in Memory Processing

Develop Intelligent Behaviors for Assessment

Authentic Assessment

Performance Feedback

3. Creating a Climate for Formative Assessment
The Affective Domain and Assessment


Emotional Intelligence


Motivation for Assessment

The Physical Environment

Setting Climate Goals

4. Knowing the Learner
Information Gathering

Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory

Exploring Goleman and Sternberg

More Ways to View Learners

Through Animals' Eyes

Performance Level Titles for the Assessed Learner


5. Exploring Self-Assessment
What Is Self-Assessment?

What Is Self-Talk?

Self-Talk for Task Assessment

Teaching Self-Assessment

Why Is It Important to Teach Learners How to Self Assess?

Self-Checking Techniques for Assessment

Assess On-Task Behaviors


6. Formative Assessment Before the Learning
Personalize Instructional Planning

Engaging Students Before the Learning


7. Formative Assessment During the Learning
Formative Assessment Tools to Use During the Learning


8. Formative Assessment After the Learning
Assessment Tools: After the Learning

Bloom's Taxonomy for Comprehension Assessment


9. Differentiating Summative Assessments
How Can Standardized Assessments Be Differentiated?

Create a Positive Testing Environment

Give Effective Directions

Teach Test-Taking Skills



10. Assessment for Differentiated Instruction and Flexible Grouping
Using Technology for Assessment

Assessment Cubing

Choice Boards

Assessment Agendas

Station, Centers, and Learning Zones for Assessment

Assessment for Flexible Grouping

Evaluating Group Work

Group Discussion: Assessment

Troubleshooting Tools for Group Assessment


11. Differentiated Instructional Planning Models
Adjustable Assignment Model

Curriculum Compacting Model

Academic Contract Model

Project-Based Model

Problem-Based Model


12. Planning for Differentiated Assessment
Step Up to Formative Assessment Planning

Content, Process, Product, and Learning Disposition Assessment

Essential Questions for Planning

Assess the Assessment Tool

Teaching Assessment Strategies

Effective Differentiated Assessment Practices

Generate Change for Differentiated Formative Assessment




"This is a book that should be in the hands of every educator. It is practical, easy to use and such a great collection of assessments that can be easily implemented in any subject area."

Jennifer Harper, Teacher
Cavendish Town Elementary School, Proctorsville, VT

"This book includes practical, helpful strategies and processes for differentiating instruction and assessment. The models, strategies, and tools in this book will assist educators in helping students ultimately self-assess and find their own pathways to success."

Jason Fulmer, Program Director
South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), SC

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