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Differentiated Assessment Strategies

Differentiated Assessment Strategies
One Tool Doesn't Fit All

Second Edition

November 2011 | 216 pages | Corwin

Boost student achievement with easy-to-use formative assessment tools

In this second edition of the bestseller, the authors provide research-based and practical formative assessment tools, strategies, and activities that simplify the process of identifying students' strengths and needs. Updated features include a new chapter on exciting ways to engage learners in self-assessment; more tools for assessing before, during, and after learning; and approaches to help students take ownership of their own learning. Differentiated Assessment Strategies gives teachers:

  • Formative assessment strategies for all grade levels and content areas
  • Tools for interpreting ongoing assessment data for immediate intervention and planning
  • Assessment strategies that provide immediate feedback to teachers and learners
  • Methods for determining learner preferences, cognitive styles, and multiple intelligences
  • Tips for establishing a positive environment for assessment

Included are surveys, checklists, questionnaires, assignments, graphic organizers, portfolio work samples, rubrics, and more. These user-friendly tools are valuable for assessing all students, informing instruction, and accommodating learners' individual needs. The final chapter pulls it all together and shows how to integrate formative assessment to improve student achievement.

About the Authors
1. One Tool Doesn't Fit All: Introduction
What Is Differentiated Assessment?

Analyzing Your View of Differentiated Assessment

Building the Toolbox to "Zap the Gaps"

Assessment in the Age of Accountability

What Is the Teacher's Role in Differentiated Assessment?

Opening the Toolbox

2. Bringing Research and Best Practices to Differentiated Formative Assessment
Processing Information and Memory

Why Students Forget and Why They Remember

Assist the Brain in Memory Processing

Develop Intelligent Behaviors for Assessment

Authentic Assessment

Performance Feedback

3. Creating a Climate for Formative Assessment
The Affective Domain and Assessment


Emotional Intelligence


Motivation for Assessment

The Physical Environment

Setting Climate Goals

4. Knowing the Learner
Information Gathering

Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory

Exploring Goleman and Sternberg

More Ways to View Learners

Through Animals' Eyes

Performance Level Titles for the Assessed Learner


5. Exploring Self-Assessment
What Is Self-Assessment?

What Is Self-Talk?

Self-Talk for Task Assessment

Teaching Self-Assessment

Why Is It Important to Teach Learners How to Self Assess?

Self-Checking Techniques for Assessment

Assess On-Task Behaviors


6. Formative Assessment Before the Learning
Personalize Instructional Planning

Engaging Students Before the Learning


7. Formative Assessment During the Learning
Formative Assessment Tools to Use During the Learning


8. Formative Assessment After the Learning
Assessment Tools: After the Learning

Bloom's Taxonomy for Comprehension Assessment


9. Differentiating Summative Assessments
How Can Standardized Assessments Be Differentiated?

Create a Positive Testing Environment

Give Effective Directions

Teach Test-Taking Skills



10. Assessment for Differentiated Instruction and Flexible Grouping
Using Technology for Assessment

Assessment Cubing

Choice Boards

Assessment Agendas

Station, Centers, and Learning Zones for Assessment

Assessment for Flexible Grouping

Evaluating Group Work

Group Discussion: Assessment

Troubleshooting Tools for Group Assessment


11. Differentiated Instructional Planning Models
Adjustable Assignment Model

Curriculum Compacting Model

Academic Contract Model

Project-Based Model

Problem-Based Model


12. Planning for Differentiated Assessment
Step Up to Formative Assessment Planning

Content, Process, Product, and Learning Disposition Assessment

Essential Questions for Planning

Assess the Assessment Tool

Teaching Assessment Strategies

Effective Differentiated Assessment Practices

Generate Change for Differentiated Formative Assessment




"This is a book that should be in the hands of every educator. It is practical, easy to use and such a great collection of assessments that can be easily implemented in any subject area."

Jennifer Harper, Teacher
Cavendish Town Elementary School, Proctorsville, VT

"This book includes practical, helpful strategies and processes for differentiating instruction and assessment. The models, strategies, and tools in this book will assist educators in helping students ultimately self-assess and find their own pathways to success."

Jason Fulmer, Program Director
South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), SC
Key features
  • By best-selling author Carolyn Chapman
  • By charismatic trainers Carolyn Chapman & Rita King
  • Easy-to-use assessment strategies for before, during, and after instruction
  • Appropriate for all K-12 learners, from special needs through gifted and talented
  • Includes surveys, checklists, questionnaires, assignments, graphic organizers, portfolio work samples, rubrics, and more.

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