Classroom Assessment for Student Learning: Doing It Right - Using It Well is my new big reading project.
It's a big-but-accessible professional development book, authored by Rick Stiggins, Judith Arter, Jan Chappuis, and Steve Chappuis.
Here's the central point, taken from the opening paragraph:
Used with skill, assessment can motivate the unmotivated, restore the desire to learn, and encourage students to keep learning, and it can actually create -not simply measure- increased achievement.Yet again, there's that "sunlit vision" for students that drew me into Stiggins' Assessment Manifesto last year, and led me to develop posts like this one.
Around the state, this book is in very wide use. I'll be blogging about its contents in part because it's valuable background on what's happening in our schools, and in part because any idea that offers us classrooms where students do both stronger work and happier work is exciting news.