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by Robert J. Marzano
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December 1, 2006 1416604227 978-1416604228 1
In Classroom Assessment and Grading That Work, Robert J. Marzano provides an in-depth exploration of what he calls "one of the most powerful weapons in a teacher's arsenal." An effective standards-based, formative assessment program can help to dramatically enhance student achievement throughout the K-12 system, Marzano says. Drawing from his own and others' extensive research, the author provides comprehensive answers to questions such as these:
*What are the characteristics of an effective assessment program?
* How can educators use national and state standards documents as a basis for creating a comprehensive, topic-based assessment system?
* What types of assessment items and tasks are best suited to measuring student progress in mastering information, mental procedures, and psychomotor procedures?
* Why does the traditional point system used for scoring often lead to incorrect conclusions about a student’s actual knowledge?
* What types of scoring and final grading systems provide the most accurate portrayal of a student’s progress along a continuum of learning?

In addition to providing teachers with all the tools they need to create a better assessment system, Classroom Assessment and Grading That Work makes a compelling case for the potential of such a system to transform the culture of schools and districts, and to propel K–12 education to new levels of effectiveness and efficiency.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Deve; 1 edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416604227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416604228
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Perspective with an Embedded Advertisement November 14, 2008
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Not to belabor the point: a portion of this book explains how a specific brand of software facilitates Robert Marzano's premise about standards reporting.

That notwithstanding, the substance of this book is classic Marzano...concise and worthy of consideration. In a nutshell: track learner performance over time and use a power formula to produce averaged "standards grades" that educational community stakeholders may find more accessible than page-after-page of excruciating standards-based reporting.

I have no argument with tracking individual student performance over time. I am less enthusiastic about the use of a power formula to produce a standards grade. Current assessment technology...both summative and rarely granular enough in discrimination resolution to produce anything more than a low resolution snapshot of a student's performance. When low-resolution assessment snapshots are averaged together...with or without a weighting scheme...and perhaps with an assortment of other kinds of scores (e.g. class participation rating, WOW gold, or whatever)...the resulting performance abstraction (whether called a letter grade or a standards grade) can be misunderstood and misused in spite of its familiarity. For example, please identify the fallacy in the following statement: "My kid must be doing better in Basketweaving 101 than she is doing in Basic Puddlejumping because she got an A- compared to a B+ but she at least gets to keep driving the SUV." Okay, maybe there's more than one fallacy in this statement (laugh).

This is not an indictment of Marzano's work, rather it is a criticism of the current educational milieu in which he and countless others work. Bottom line: a well-written position paper and a useful description of software development the author is associated with.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless book for real teachers October 26, 2008
First of all, Marzano is NOT a K-12 teacher nor has he ever been (going by the About the Author section). He is a meta-researcher, which means he doesn't even do original research. He takes a load of research other groups have done, reanalyzes it, then gives his own take on it all. This book is something administrators will talk about because they too, are not in the classroom. It is not feasible for any working teacher to apply the principles that Marzano suggests. In theory - where Marzano lives - the stuff is great. But in practice, his suggestions border on the moronic. Some of his statements for evidence don't even make sense, and his use of numbers (I teach science and can read between the lines of data) are pathetic at times (good data, but lousy conclusion). Chapter 3 really outlines what he suggests so borrow a copy for 15 minutes, read chapter 3, and find another book. Kudos to you teachers trying to hone your craft though! I suggest "Test Better, Teach Better" by Popham.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Assessment Breakdown for Adaptive Teachers February 2, 2012
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If you're not burned out, bogged down, or "just faking it 'til you make it," this is a great piece for aiding your teaching practice. Like any academic work, Marzano utilizes the strongest research findings in the field of assessment to support his suggestions for "best practices." While some reviewers may not see the potential for "real world" application, I've been able to implement several methods suggested by Marzano into my practice as a classroom teacher. Naturally, you may need to ease into some of the methods until you feel comfortable, or you may have to implement certain elements slowly as to warm your administration up to a new way of doing things. However, if you are truly an educator with an eye on assessing your students in a manner which engages and invests them in your curriculum, you could do much worse than this work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great text. March 7, 2014
By Kim
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This was for a grad school class. It is much cheaper to buy through Amazon than through the bookstores, so that is a perk. I found this text to be useful too; relevant and applicable to my job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can understand it August 23, 2013
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I am not big on reading text books, but the way this text book is written it makes it easier to understand. It is also very informative.
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