Kay Burke has created a practical resource for busy practitioners. Balanced Assessment: From Formative to Summative provides a comprehensive overview of the critical role that assessments, both formative and summative, play in today s classrooms. Burke promotes the use of performance-based tasks that make real-life connections, and she explains how to use rubrics to assess the critical skills and understanding that the tasks target. Performance tasks also allow teachers to differentiate instruction and assessment to meet the needs of all learners, including advanced and beginning students and English language learners. --Lisa Almeida, senior professional development associate, The Leadership and Learning Center, Englewood, Colorado
About the Author
Kay Burke works with her colleagues at Kay Burke & Associates to present professional development workshops for teachers and administrators on standards-based teaching and learning, formative assessment, and classroom management. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University, her master s degree from the University of Central Florida, her educational specialist degree from Emory University, her Ph.D. from Georgia State University, and her administration certification from the University of Georgia. Kay served as an award-winning English teacher, department chairperson, dean of students, mentor, and administrator in Florida and Georgia for twenty years. She also was the director of the field-based master s program sponsored by the International Renewal Institute (IRI/SkyLight) and Saint Xavier University in Illinois. Since 1990, Kay has designed and conducted professional development workshops and presented at conferences of the National Staff Development Council (NSDC), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Solution Tree, and the International Reading Association (IRA), as well as at international conferences in Canada and Australia. Kay has written or edited thirteen books on standards-based learning, formative assessment, classroom management, student and professional portfolios, and mentoring. Her best-selling books include How to Assess Authentic Learning (5th ed.); What to Do with the Kid Who . . .; Developing Cooperation, Self-Discipline, and Responsibility in the Classroom (3rd ed.); The Portfolio Connection: Student Work Linked to Standards (3rd ed.); and From Standards to Rubrics in Six Steps: Tools for Assessing Student Learning, K 8, which was a finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishing in 2007.