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Assessment for Education

Assessment for Education
Standards, Judgement and Moderation

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December 2013 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This is a very exciting book and should be read widely by anyone who wants a better understanding of the role of assessment in the diverse, globalised, digital societies of the 21st century.' 
- Professor Mary James, University of Cambridge, President, British Educational Research Association

'Highly readable and thoroughly researched, this call for a new vision of education deserves to be ready by all those who share the concern to shape today's assessment practices to meet the needs of tomorrow's society.' 
- Professor Patricia Broadfoot, CBE, University of Bristol

Do you need a practical guide to assessment, curriculum and policy? Are you also looking for a book that is firmly grounded in theory and professional practice?

This book makes assessment processes transparent for practitioners, and shows how assessment should align with curriculum and teaching for success in education. The book will show you how practitioner use of achievement standards can improve learning, equity, social justice and accountability.


Inside this book, you will learn about:

  • Quality assessment and judgement practice
  • Relationships across curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning
  • Front-ending assessment based on the learner's needs
  • Practitioner judgement approaches and standards
  • The conditions under which teacher assessment can be valid
  • Principles derived from research of social moderation practices

Assessment for Education is the perfect guide for students, researchers, academics and teaches, and anyone working in curriculum and assessment policy.

Foreword by Professor Paul Black
Why Teachers Need to Understand Standards
A Sociocultural Perspective of Teachers' Judgement Practice and Learning
Alignment and Front-Ending Assessment
Moderation and the Use of Standards
How Teachers Can Use Standards to Improve Student Learning
Sustainable Assessment Cultures
Assesment and Digital Literacies
Futures-oriented Assessment

Excellent book,especially chapter 6: How teachers can use standards to improve student learning.

Mrs Hayley Roberts
care, Wakefield College
February 17, 2014

Not relevant to our needs.

Mrs Sue James
Swansea School of Education, Swansea Metropolitan University
February 14, 2014

'Assessment for Education' brings to the fore the crucial role of the teaching profession in shaping an effective assessment framework within our education system. To realise this, teachers must be fully versed in the assessment methodologies and strategies they are able to promote - this book is an excellent platform to build from.

Mr John Backwell
Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths College
February 4, 2014

Whilst this text is primarily concerned with schools, it is useful for any context in which assessment is undertaken

Miss Christine Hibbert
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
January 10, 2014

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