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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.

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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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