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Educative Assessment: Designing Assessments to Inform and Improve Student Performance


"(Excerpt from Preface of book) This book presents a rationale for learning-centered assessment in our schools and an overview of the tools, techniques, and issues that educators should consider as they design and use assessments focused on learner needs. It argues that we need a different kind of student assessment than the one most schools now use.

  • Author/Creator: Wiggins, G.
  • Author's address: Jossey-Bass Inc. 350 Sansome Street San Francisco, California 94104
  • Notes: "”Grant Wiggins at once puts the current craze for assessment of students on a higher, more commonsensical, and moral ground. He brings the sharp eye of a philosopher and the constructive humility of a veteran teacher to the tasks of explaining what we must know about our students’ knowing and what this means for practice. This is a constructively unsettling book on our attitudes about learning and our all-too-familiar and challengable habits of assessing for it.”-Theodore R. Sizer, chairman, Coalition of Essential schools.
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc
  • Year: 1998

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