Foreword by W. James Popham
About the Authors
1. Conducting an Alignment Study
Conducting an Alignment Study
Teaching to the Test: Just Say No
2. Using Formative Assessments
What Does Formative Mean?
How Are the Scores of Test Takers Analyzed?
Tests as a Snap Shot: The Jacuzzi Metaphor
Test Quality and District Assessments
3. Struggling Readers
Accommodations Versus Modifications
Modifications and High-Stakes Tests: Alternative Assessments
Accommodations and High-Stakes Tests
Assistive Technology (AT)
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Differentiated Instruction (DI)
English Language Learners (ELLs)
4. Attitude and Motivation
What to Do If Your Principal Wants to Use Pizza Parties to Bribe Students
The Use of Practice Tests: Preparation or Motivation?
Test Preparation: Analyzing Tests as a Reading Genre
Communicaton With Stakeholders
5. Engaged Independent Reading
Connect Your Reading Units to Real-World Contexts
Teaching Students to Read for Pleasure
Reading at Home: W.E.I.R.D.
What's the Deal With Boys?
Literature Circles and Book Clubs: What Is Normal in the Real World?
Best Practice for Book Clubs
6. Best Practice
What Do Quality Inservices Look Like?
Theory and Practice at the Elementary Level: Best Practices Primer
7. Implications for Your Teaching and Beyond
Test Misuse in the Early Days of Testing
The Need for a Supportive Principal
No More Teaching to the Test
Resource A: Answers to Quizzes
Resource B: Five Ways to Teach Vocabulary
General Glossary of Assessment Terms