"Performance assessment and deeper learning are twin themes in this book. The authors explain how high-quality performance tasks and rubrics can support student thinking, teacher understanding of student thinking, and further learning."
Susan M. Brookhart, Ph.D.
The school board of Virginia Beach City Public Schools charged district staff with "teaching and assessing those skills our students need to thrive as 21st century learners, workers, and citizens." This article provides an overview of the journey undertaken to accomplish the difficult task.
Increased high-stakes testing of American students necessitated a reliable scale to measure children's test anxiety. The article describes the evolution and validation of the Children’s Test Anxiety Scale, used worldwide by counselors, educators, psychologists, and researchers.
Data-driven instructional planning is a valuable tool to optimize student learning. Abbott and Wren discuss the results of a study that examined how students' performance task responses are used to inform instruction in middle schools.
This article tells the story of the first 5 years of the Virginia Beach's Integrated Performance Task, a districtwide assessment designed to measure 4th- and 7th-grade students' critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication.
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