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Making Standards Useful in the Classroom
Robert J. Marzano and Mark W. Haystead
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Has the standards movement in the United States led to improved classroom instruction and effective assessment? In too many cases, the answer is no. As authors Robert J. Marzano and Mark W. Haystead explain, two major reasons account for this situation: state and national standards documents typically identify far more content than teachers can actually teach during a school year, and the standards are not written in a manner that supports effective instruction and assessment.
In Making Standards Useful in the Classroom, Marzano and Haystead present a way to convert standards documents into a format that teachers can actually use to guide instruction and to create meaningful formative assessments. In Part I of this practical guide, teachers, administrators, and curriculum specialists will find answers to questions such as these:
Part II of the book consists of scoring scales with sample measurement topics for language arts, math, science, and social studies for kindergarten through 8th grade, and sample measurement topics for life skills for kindergarten through 12th grade. Using the samples as a guide, districts and schools can create their own systems for translating standards into useful components of effective instruction and formative assessment that truly drive student learning.
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ROBERT J. MARZANO is President of Marzano and Associates; a Senior Scholar at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) in Aurora, Colorado; and an Associate Professor at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has developed programs and practices used in K–12 classrooms that translate current research and theory in cognition into instructional methods. An internationally known trainer and speaker, Marzano has authored 26 books and more than 150 articles and chapters in books on such topics as reading and writing instruction, thinking skills, school effectiveness, restructuring, assessment, cognition, and standards implementation.
MARK W. HAYSTEAD is Director of Technology and Senior Data Analyst for Marzano & Associates in Centennial, Colorado. He performs and manages the company's standards evaluation work, helping schools and districts refine their standards with attention toward making them more useful for classroom teachers. Haystead has worked with schools and districts in six states. He earned a bachelor's degree in Information Technology from University of Phoenix.
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