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Essay Review: Classroom Assessment


by Susan Brookhart — May 30, 2007

Reclaiming Assessment: A Better Alternative to the Accountability Agenda. Gallagher, C. W. (2007). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 144p. ISBN-13: 978-0-325-00918-6. A Pig Don’t Get Fatter the More You Weigh It: Classroom Assessments that Work. Jones, P., Carr, J. F., & Ataya, R. L. (Eds.). (2007). New York: Teachers College Press. 144p. ISBN-13: 978-0-8077-4754-4. These two books about classroom assessment are the same size, take about the same amount of time to read, and yet are very different in purpose. A Pig Don’t Get Fatter the More You Weigh It: Classroom Assessments that Work is a general introduction to classroom assessment that is intended as a guide for both practicing teachers and preservice students. Reclaiming Assessment: A Better Alternative to the Accountability Agenda tells the story of how one state – Nebraska – used classroom assessment as a major tool in its conscientious objection to large-scale state testing. While it manages to teach many... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 30, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14507, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 6:15:37 AM

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  • Susan Brookhart
    Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning at Duquesne University
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    SUSAN M. BROOKHART, Ph.D., is an independent educational consultant based in Helena, Montana, and Senior Research Associate in the Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning at Duquesne University. Her research specialty area is classroom assessment. She is the 2007-2009 editor of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, a journal of the National Council on Measurement in Education. She is the author of two books, The Art and Science of Classroom Assessment and Grading, and of Formative Assessment Strategies for Every Classroom, an ASCD ActionTOOL (notebook of materials for teachers), and the co-author of three other assessment textbooks. She serves on the editorial board of Teachers College Record.
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