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How to Align Assessment to Curriculum and Instruction (Quick Reference Guide)


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How do you align assessments to the content and rigor of your curriculum? What steps can you take to determine whether your assessments are both reliable and valid? Research shows that teachers who improve their assessment practices can see an increase in student achievement, and this quick reference guide is designed to help all teachers do just that—by ensuring that their assessments are aligned to their instruction at both the standards level and the learning level. The Stronge & Associates team shares key tasks for creating a standards-based unit assessment; critical steps for ensuring the alignment of assessment, curriculum, and instruction; and a simple process for annotating learning objectives to check for alignment and evaluate validity in classroom scenarios. The guide includes a sample annotation, definitions of five types of validity, and eight guiding questions.

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James Stronge is the Heritage Professor in the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership area at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

His research interests include policy and practice related to teacher quality as well as teacher and administrator evaluation, and he has worked extensively with local school districts on these topics. His work focuses on how to identify effective teachers and how to enhance teacher effectiveness.

Stronge has authored, coauthored, or edited 22 books and more than 100 articles, chapters, and technical reports. He has been a teacher, counselor, and district-level administrator. His doctorate in the area of Educational Administration and Planning is from the University of Alabama.

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