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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Solution Tree (February 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781934009529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934009529
  • ASIN: 1934009520
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John Merks on September 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Kay Burke states, "The goal of this book is to show teachers how to integrate both formative and summative assessment" (1). There are 8 chapters in total. She defines formative assessment on page 21 and summative assessment on page 23.

I found Chapter 5 "Checklists: Progression of Learning" very useful. Checklists are helpful in allowing students to see their progress and to prove their learning in route to summative assessment. There are several illustration in which the student can check either "Yes" or "Not Yet." This checklist can be used as diagnostic tool at the beginning of new learning, as formative assessment proceeding through learning, or as summative assessment (79-80).

I found Chapter 7 "Formative Assessments Tools: Real Time and Real Fast" helpful. The chapter gives great ideas for formative assessment in real time and real fast. Examples are Sticky Note Exit Poster, Top-Ten List, The Human Rubric, Logs, Agree/Disagree Charts, Venn Diagrams.

Unfortunately, Burke does introduce some "fuzzy" thinking. Leaning on Shores (2009) she introduces formal and informal formative assessments. According to the author formal formative assessments "require a great deal of time and effort to create and implement, and they are often designed by teams of teachers as common assessments" (120). Formative assessments as described in Chapter 7 are "informal" formative assessment. I suppose if she were to write another book on assessment we could end up with a assessment continuum starting with informal formative assessment, formal formative assessment, informal semi-summative assessment, formal semi-summative assessment, informal summative assessment, formal summative assessment. The array can certainly be expanded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Tripp on December 17, 2010
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I agree with some of the comments from the other review. This book is called from formative to summative but it only focuses on formative assessment. I gave this book 5 stars because it is an excellent book for teachers who want to know HOW to start using formative assessments in the classroom. If you are looking for a scholarly book to help your district create a grading policy, this is NOT the book. This book is written for teachers but uses the research to backup the strategies.

I purchased this book right after I attended the Solution Tree Assessment Summit and heard Marzano, Stiggins, O'Connor, DuFour, Guskey, and others. This book is aligned with everything these experts said. Again, if you are a teacher or you work with teachers, this book will give you strategies you can start using immediately. All of those guys had the "why" but Burke has the "how."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cusrow J. Dubash on December 26, 2012
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It answered many questions I had about assessments in a really easy manner.
All teachers need to read the book. It makes assessments fun to use.
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One of the biggest challenges I have when I talk with faculty is the confusion of what is Formative and Summative assessment. This walks the reader through, and provides a wealth of information on how to conduct both For​mative and Summative assessments.
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More About the Author

Kay Burke, PhD, an author and a consultant, has presented keynote addresses and workshops on standards-based assessment, Common Core State Standards, performance tasks, checklists, and rubrics at numerous district, state, national, and international conferences for more than 24 years. Before focusing on professional development, she worked in public education, serving as a secondary teacher, a department chair, a dean of students, a mentor, an administrator, a college instructor, and chief academic officer for a master's program.

Dr. Burke was named DeKalb County Georgia Teacher of the Year and was a semifinalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year. She was also a STAR Teacher for Georgia and received an award for Excellence in Teaching at the White House. She received a Saint Xavier University (Illinois) certificate for her work as director of a field-based master's program. Dr. Burke has been featured as an expert commentator on seven online graduate courses.

Dr. Burke has written and edited numerous books on standards-based teaching and learning, balanced assessment, formative assessment, classroom management, mentoring, and student portfolios. She is author of the best-selling books How to Assess Authentic Learning; What to Do With the Kid Who . . .: Developing Cooperation, Self-Discipline, and Responsibility in the Classroom; and From Standards to Rubrics in Six Steps: Tools for Assessing Student Learning, a finalist for the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award in Assessment in 2010. She is also coauthor of The Portfolio Connection: Student Work Linked to Standards.

She earned certification in administration and supervision from the University of Georgia, a doctorate in communicative arts from Georgia State University, an educational specialist degree from Emory University, a master of education from the University of Central Florida, and a bachelor of arts from Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Burke is the author of Balanced Assessment and the coauthor of Using Formative Assessment in the RTI Framework. You can further explore her work at solution-tree.com