CAfLN Book Reviews

This page is dedicated to Reviews of CAfLN endorsed books...

A review of Assessment As Learning: Using classroom assessment to maximize student learning (2nd edition), By Lorna M. Earl, Corwin-Sage, 2013 ISBN: 978-1452242972

In Assessment As Learning, Lorna Earl argues that by improving classroom assessment, educators will improve learning for every learner in every school.

She contends that assessment can and should be an integral part of learning processes, versus just measuring learning at the end. Earl differentiates between three approaches to assessment: assessment of learning (grades and marks), assessment for learning (formative, continuous feedback), and assessment as learning (self-assessment, self-monitoring and self-regulation). Earl argues that far too little of teachers’ time and effort is spent on assessment for and assessment as learning.

Review by: Dr. Michele Jacobsen (2013)

A review of Redefining Fair: How to Plan, Assess, and Grade for Excellence in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, By Damian Cooper, Solution Tree, 2011 ISBN: 978-1935542148

Damian Cooper writes about differentiated or responsive teaching from three important qualifications. he has done what he asks his readers to do; he has studied the classrooms of many other teachers, so that his sense of classroom reality is broad and deep; and he understands that excellent teaching is not a set of strategies but the determination to do what it takes to make the classroom work those who have little choice but to spend their days in its boundaries. For all those reasons, both Cooper's advice and reasoning are valuable.

Review by: Carol Ann Tomlinson - William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor in Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, University of Virginia

A summary of: Talk About Assessment (Elementary): Strategies and Tools to Improve Learning, By Damian Cooper, Nelson Canada ELHI, 2006 ISBN: 978-0176289164

Simplify, demystify and shift thinking around assessment for elementary students. Talk About Assessment is an all-in-one solution for your assessment needs featuring a comprehensive book, DVD and CD-Rom.

A summary of: Talk About Assessment (Secondary): Strategies and Tools to Improve Learning, By Damian Cooper, Nelson Canada ELHI, 2009 ISBN: 9780176357122

Talk About Assessment: High School Strategies and Tools builds upon the eight big ideas of assessment as outlined in Damian Cooper's bestselling book Talk About Assessment. This concise reference handbook includes practical tools for all types of assessment: case studies, anecdotes, rubrics, checklists, and test items. Provides support for all assessments: diagnostic, formative, and summative. The book is divided into two sections. The first section describes best practice in assessment in an easy-to-understand manner. The second section comprises hands-on tools to help you implement these practices in your classroom. Included with Talk About Assessment: High School Strategies and Tools is a companion DVD featuring all assessment tools referred to in the book in modifiable form to enable teachers to adapt and customize tools to meet their individual needs.

A summary of: How to Grade for Learning (4th Edition), By Ken O'Connor, Corwin, 2018 ISBN: 978-1412953825

This 4th edition of the best-selling How to Grade for Learning provides eight guidelines for good grading, offers recommendations for practical applications, and gives solid suggestions for implementing more effective grading practices. Ken O’Connor presents the latest research on motivation, mindset, learning styles, and beliefs about fairness to inform this new edition.

An invaluable resource for helping teachers assign grades that are accurate, consistent, meaningful, and supportive of learning, this book also makes an ideal staff development resource.