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Transformative Assessment Paperback – April 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1416606673 ISBN-10: 141660667X
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If you’re at all skeptical that “formative assessment” is just another buzzword, then here’s a book that will change the way you think about the role that formative assessment can play in transforming education into a more powerful and positive process. Renowned expert W. James Popham clarifies what formative assessment really is, why it’s right for your school or classroom, and how to use this approach to improve teaching, learning, classroom climate, teacher professional development, and school performance. Whether you’re already using formative assessments, just considering them, or wondering why the ones you’re using aren’t working, this foundational guide gives you a clear pathway and steps to using formative assessments the right way.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Deve (April 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141660667X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416606673
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Popham has spent the bulk of his educational career as a teacher. Most of his teaching took place at UCLA where, for nearly 20 years, he taught courses in instructional methods as well as courses in evaluation and measurement. Because he was aware of the perishability of professors who fail to publish, he spent his non-teaching hours affixing words to paper. A summary of his publications can be found in a 44-page, single-spaced vita. Although his books are filled with whimsy, the vita is really dull reading. Most recently, Dr. Popham was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Doverspike on April 28, 2009
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Transformative Assessment by W. James Popham is written for an educational audience, but has much to offer for the human resource or training and development professional. The book deals with formative assessment in education. It explains the research on formative assessment and dhow to build a framework for instruction based on assessment. However, given the dearth of writings on formative assessment in adult training, there is much that can be gleaned from the pages of his book. Perhaps the most important lesson is that assessment can be a mechanism for transformation. I also highly recommend his Chapter 7 on the limitations of formative assessment.

Overall, an excellent resource book for the classroom teacher or the training professional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoffery Chaucer on November 7, 2009
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Great overview and explanation of formative assessment. Details how to sequentially examine teaching units and create formative assessment to parallel intended learnings. Provides outstanding base understanding of formative assessment and sound conceptual beginning t to move forward with...
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As the role of testing continues to increase in public education (now being used from teacher evaluation to teacher tenure to teacher pay to student retention and promotion), the definitions become more and more important. What is the difference between Summative Assessment, Formative Assessment, Interim Assessment, Benchmark Assessment, and a host of other terms that educators, policy-makers, researchers, and big business test makers alike constantly confuse? Author James Popham makes it clear what research and best practice mean when it comes to formative assessment. Formative assessment is a process used by both teachers and students to adjust instruction. It is not another test.

My favorite section from the book makes this point very clear, "Remember, formative assessment is not the occasional administration of classroom tests; it's an integral dimension of ongoing instruction whereby teachers and students adjust what they're doing. Formative assessment, therefore, becomes the chief activity through which teachers monitor how well they're teaching something and, if necessary, determine how to adjust their instruction. Similarly, formative assessment becomes the chief activity through which students monitor how well they're learning something and, if necessary, determine how to adjust their learning tactics." Pg. 29

In other other words, if you want to help students become learners, formative assessment (a system of effective feedback, not necessarily more tests) is how to do it.

Popham argues that the ongoing practice of Classroom Formative Assessment (the process of knowing where your students are in the learning progression and constantly making adjustments to help them achieve the learning target) is the single best way to help students show growth on external summative assessments (tests).

FYI: James taught alongside Madeline Hunter at UCLA. I think he might know what he is talking about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carrie on July 6, 2013
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This is a great book and easy read. The author has a great sense of humor which makes reading about assessment enjoyable and informative. I recommend this book to all teachers.
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The book teaches you how to phase in good formative assessment. It demonstrates why, with giving formative assessments at specific points, over specific areas and in an organized way, it helps you track your work and become a better teacher. It is also smart enough to know we cannot do it all at the outset and phases it in, first for teachers, then for students.
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Once again, James Popham has written a book that is accessible for teachers new to their practice as well as for those who need to spring clean some of their assessment habits. Popham is the consummate teacher himself, writing a manual the introduces formative assessment, explains the why and how of it, and offers great exemplars.
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