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The vast majority of educators-for whom scores resulting from standardized tests are so potentially vital and informative-have literally never received formal training regarding how to interpret these scores and, more importantly, how to use them to aid their instructional decision making. The basic purpose of this book is to provide teachers and administrators with a manual, of sorts, designed to help them understand the nature of standardized tests and, in particular, the scores that result from them. The definitive purpose of the book is to help them develop the skills necessary to incorporate these test scores into various types of instructional decision making (a process known as 'data-driven decision making') as necessitated by the needs of their students. This title includes: - Numerous samples of printouts resulting from well-known standardized tests - Presentation and discussion of various process that can be used to incorporate standardized test results into instructional decision making - Several specific examples, using sample results of these well-known standardized tests and the processes, such as how a teacher would proceed through the process of using the test scores to aid in making decisions about future instruction - Case studies, consisting of interviews conducted by the author with district-level administrators, building administrators, and classroom teachers, all of whom have been engaged in a process of incorporating test scores into decision making for several years This book could serve as a supplement to any course that incorporates standardized testing as a topic, including but not limited to courses in classroom assessment, educational psychology, content methods, reading, special education, curriculum, literacy, administration, the principalship, and the superintendency.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412937191
ISBN-10: 1412937191
Format: Paperback
(231mm x 187mm x 10mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 13-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Craig Mertler

Craig A. Mertler has been an educator for 30 years, 20 of those in higher education. He is currently an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the EdD Program in Leadership and Innovation at Arizona State University. He teaches doctoral courses focused on the application of action research to promote educator empowerment, school improvement, and job-embedded professional development and also teaches quantitative research methods, introductory statistical analysis, multivariate statistical analysis, and educational assessment methods. He is the author of 20 books, four invited book chapters, 18 refereed journal articles, two instructors' manuals, and numerous nonrefereed articles and manuscripts. He has also presented more than 35 research papers at professional meetings around the country as well as internationally. He conducts workshops for in-service educational professionals (at all levels) on classroom-based action research and on the broad topic of classroom assessment. His primary research and consulting interests include classroom-based action research, data-driven educational decision making, professional learning communities, and classroom teachers' assessment literacy. Before teaching and researching at the university level, he taught high school biology and earth science and also coached track and volleyball. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling with his family and playing golf. Dr. Mertler can be reached at Craig. Mertler@asu.edu or craig.mertler@gmail.com for consulting, professional development, and speaking engagements.

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