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How to Create High-Quality Assessments: Qualities of Effective Teaching (Quick Reference Guide)


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How do you determine whether your assessments are high-quality? How can you shift from assessing what is easy to assessing what is important? How to Create High-Quality Assessments is an essential guide for teachers at all levels who want to ensure that their assessments are effective, representative of content taught, and aligned to content objectives and learning outcomes. The Stronge & Associates team shares research about the importance of assessments and how assessment is changing. Delve into the whys and hows of creating and using an assessment blueprint, and explore the three main categories of assessment questions. The guide includes a sample blueprint; a checklist for determining assessment items' strength; and examples, nonexamples, and discussions of seven different test-question formats.

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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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