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How to Use Assessments to Inform Instruction (Quick Reference Guide)


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How can assessment data help you improve your instructional practice? How can you interpret test scores and use standardized test information to show student growth, strengths, and weaknesses? How to Use Assessments to Inform Instruction will help teachers at all levels collect, interpret, and evaluate student assessment data and use the information to determine next steps. This research-based reference guide from the Stronge & Associates team explores some key differences between formative assessment and summative assessment and takes readers through cycles of assessment. Learn how to analyze assessment data intentionally and comprehensively, as well as how to apply student data to learning goals. The guide includes a sample analysis table, examples of standardized test scoring, and 12 formative and summative assessment strategies.

About the authors

James H. Stronge is president and CEO of Stronge & Associates Educational Consulting, LLC, an educational consulting company that focuses on teacher and leader effectiveness with projects throughout the United States and internationally. Additionally, he is the Heritage Professor of Education, a distinguished professorship, in the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership Area at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

He teaches doctoral courses within the School of Education's Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership (EPPL) Program, with a particular focus on teacher and leader effectiveness, human resource leadership, legal issues in education, and research design.

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