Features and Benefits

  • Wealth of concrete, detailed guidelines on how to perform core classroom assessment tasks, such as write a quality selected response item or help students select meaningful material for a portfolio. See pages 152, 159, 168, and 225-226 for examples.

  • Case studies in every chapter contextualize chapter content in K-12 settings and give readers opportunities to practice making classroom assessment decisions. See pages 98, 89, 166, and 224 for some examples of this feature called Descison Time.

  • Examples of assessment items help learners see item writing guidelines in practice. See pages 159, 162, and 167 for examples.

  • Pays considerable attention to communicating with parents. Teachers often need to explain to parents such assessment-related topics as why a child scored a certain way on a standardized test or how a teacher’s classroom exams are related to the grades a child receives. So, every chapter has a feature titled Parent Talk.  See pages 114 and 169 for examples.

  • Presents content with humor. Many pre-service teachers approach this content with trepidation. Throughout the prose, but also through the use of cartoons, the author puts readers at ease with the use of humor. See pages 104, 155 and 226 for examples.


Also available with MyLab Education
MyLab Education
is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with the text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students practice decision making, practice the strategies and concepts they learn in the text, test their understanding, and receive feedback to guide their learning and ensure they master learning outcomes.

Designed to bring learners more directly into the world of K-12 classrooms and to help them see the very real impact that classroom assessment practices have on learning, the online resources in the MyLab Education with Enhanced Pearson eText include:

  • One Chief Learning Outcome for Each Chapter. The author states the primary learning outcome for each chapter at the start of the chapter and then again at the chapter's end. All of the assessments within the MyEducationLab were written by the author to measure the reader's mastery of these learning outcomes. See pages 122 and 172 for examples.

  • Selected-Response Checks of Outcome Mastery. In each chapter, self-check quizzes help learners assess how well they have mastered that chapter's content. The quizzes are made up of self-grading multiple-choice items that not only provide feedback on whether questions are answered correctly or incorrectly, but also provide rationales. See the MyEducationLab: Selected-Response Check of Outcome Mastery links on pages 122 and 173 for examples.

  • Constructed-Response Check of Outcome Mastery. These scaffolded analysis exercises challenge learners to use chapter content to reflect on how to use classroom assessment in real classrooms. The questions in these exercises are constructed-response. Once learners provide their own answers to the questions, they receive feedback in the form of model answers written by the author. See the MyEducationLab: Constructed-Response Check of Outcome Mastery links on pages 122 and 173 for examples.

  • Learning Outcome Mastery Determination. After completing both mastery checks, readers are instructed to go to a third link—MyEducationLab: Learning Outcome Mastery Determination–and indicate whether they believe that they have mastered the chapter’s learning outcome or whether they need further study. Making this determination brings the learner into the formative assessment process. See the MyEducationLab: Learning Outcome Mastery Determination links on pages 122 and 173 for examples.

  • Another Take Segments. If a learner believes that she has not mastered the chapter’s learning outcome, she is provided new explanations in Another Take segments. In these sections, the author re-presents the chapter content. Follow one of the MyEducationLab: Learning Outcome Mastery Determination links to access an example.

  • Deeper Dig Segments. If, based on how well a learner did on the mastery checks, she believes she has mastered the chapter’s learning outcome, she is given an opportunity to extend her knowledge of the chapter’s topic by exploring material that probes further into the assessment concepts presented in the chapter. These materials are called Deeper Digs segments. Follow one of the MyEducationLab: Learning Outcome Mastery Determination links to access an example.

  • Author Podcasts. Jim Popham, with his usual clarity and wit, tells stories about real events related to the key concepts in each of the sixteen chapters in the book. These stories help awaken students to the real-life consequences and power of assessment done well and done poorly.  Podcast 00, “An Introduction to the Podcasts,” provides an overview of the series. Podcasts 1 through 16 are designed to be listened to in conjunction with reading the correspondingly numbered chapters.