Student Assessment That Works:A Practical Approach

Allyn & Bacon
Ellen Weber
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April 2000
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Well-known in the multiple intelligence community, and an experienced writer, lecturer, and teacher, Dr. Weber is well versed in the area of authentic assessment. Her expertise has gone into creating a book designed to make assessment more relevant to students and their world by assessing their genuine abilities while motivating their development. This unique approach combines student interest and abilities and curriculum goals within authentic assessment activities. The book begins with theoretic innovations in authentic assessment and moves in to comprehensive, methodical increments towards the ultimate goal of practical applications for the classroom.


  • The most important element of the text is that it develops practical strategies for many different learning and teaching styles; these strategies can adapt to any one teaching style and expand and develop that style further.
  • Contains specific hands-on activities for diverse assessments.
  • Includes the most current learning theories and assessment alternatives based on multiple intelligence ideas.
  • Each chapter activity reflects current educational measurement trends which have been tried and tested in high school and university teacher education classes.
  • Allows for flexibility by illustrating practical assessment tools which easily adapt to multiple ways of assessing every discipline.

Table of Contents




1.Students, Teachers, and Parents as Assessment Partners.

Authentic and Performance-Based Assessment.

Students as Active Participants.

Turning Boredom into Challenges.

Students as Autonomous Learners.

Teacher as Knowledge Broker.

Teacher as Senior Scholar.

Teacher as Partner in Learning.

Parental Participation.

Parent Partnerships.

2.Teachers as Assessment Experts.

Formative and Summative Assessments.

Questions Teachers Face about Assessment Practices.

Formative Assessment for Altering Teachers' Approaches.

Formative versus Summative Assessment.

Teachers as Meaning Makers.

Inquiry-Based Learning Project.

3.Collaborating to Improve Assessment Practices.

Lessons from the High Arctic.

Teachers Supporting One Another.

Problems of Accountability.

Benefits of Collaborative Assessment.

Opposing Views: Asset or Hindrance?

Teachers as Action Researchers.

Teachers Defining Problems.

Teachers Creating Solutions.

4.Questions of Shared Responsibilities.

Suggestions and Opportunities for Parents.

Schools in Learning Partnerships.

Vibrant Learning Communities.

Celebrating the History of Your Local Community.

Business Participation.

Collaboration: The Need for Clear Assessment Indicators.

Peer Tutoring for Student Success.


5.Assessing Students' Individual Differences through Portfolios.

Multiple-Intelligence Assessment Approaches.

Exit Slips.

Teacher Teams and Portfolio Assessment.

Organization of Portfolios.

Shared Expectations.

Getting the Most Mileage from Portfolios.

6.Authentic Assessment within Traditional Settings.

Considering Learning Styles.

Introducing Authentic Assessment in Any Classroom.

Process for Developing Learning Contracts.

Demonstration of Learning Contracts.

Assessment of Traditional or Authentic Learning.

Authentic Assessment Sometimes Occurs alongside Traditional.

7.Communicating Individual and Group Performances.

Solving Conflicts within Small Learning Groups.

Inquiry Checklist to Help Students Resolve Group Conflicts.

Small-Group Growth and Development.

Stages of a Meaningful Group Project.

Facilitating and Assessing Quality Discussions.

8.Negotiating and Implementing Assessment Standards.

Negotiation as Priority.

Multiple-Intelligence Education.

Constructivist Education.

Community-Based Education.

Outcome-Based Education.

Authentic Assessment Tasks.

Principles of Change.


9.Assessment as Part of Active Learning.

Evaluation as an Integral Part of Learning.

More Negotiated Assessment Activities.

Presenting and Displaying Projects.

Videotaping and Filing Projects.

How to Create Clear Performance Objectives.

Performance Objectives Can Include Specific Conditions.

Assessment That Promotes Learning.

Questions for Motivation, Interest, Instruction, and Assessment.

10.Myths about Traditional Testing.

The Problem with Traditional Approaches.

Ten Popular Myths about Standardized Tests.

Traditional Evaluation - A Hindrance to Learning?

Assessment in Context.

Differences between Traditional and Authentic Assessment.

Taking Risks, Making Mistakes.

Terms Often Associated with Traditional Assessment.

Stress as a Barrier to Success.

11.Communicating Students' Progress toward Specific Goals.

The Place of Narrative in Assessment Reporting.

English Class Profile of Work and Progress.

Personal Profile of My Work and Progress.

Peer Profile of Small-Group Work.

Where to from Here?

12.Where to from Here?

Constructing an Assessment Rubric for Research Paper.

Individual and Group Criteria.


Parental Roles.

From Traditional Tests to Assessment as Learning.

Assessment for Increased Motivation.