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Assessment for Education: Standards, Judgement and Moderation

by Val Klenowski and Claire Wyatt-Smith SAGE Publications Ltd
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Do you need a practical guide to assessment, curriculum and policy? Are you also looking for a book that is firmly grounded in the theory of this subject? Assessment for Education combines both theory and practice, making it the perfect guide for students, researchers, academics and teachers. This book makes assessment processes transparent for practitioners, and shows how assessment should relate to education. It looks at evidence-informed decision-making and the interrelationships between standards, judgment and moderation practice for improved assessment, teacher quality, schools and systems. The book will provide you with: ' Knowledge about quality assessment and judgement practice ' Understanding of relationships across curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning ' Knowledge of the concept of front-ending assessment based on the learner's needs ' An analysis of practitioner judgement approaches ' Understanding of the conditions under which teacher assessment can be valid ' Principles derived from research of social moderation practices Whether you are studying and researching assessment or working in curriculum and assessment policy, this book will show you how practitioner use of achievement standards can improve learning, equity, social justice and accountability.

Val Klenowski is Professor of Education at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Claire Wyatt-Smith is Professor of Education at Griffith University, Australia.

Foreword by Professor Paul Black
Why Teachers Need to Understand Standards
A Sociocultural Perspective of Teachers' Judgement Practice and Learning
Alignment and Front-Ending Assessment
Moderation and the Use of Standards
How Teachers Can Use Standards to Improve Student Learning
Sustainable Assessment Cultures
Assesment and Digital Literacies
Futures-oriented Assessment

'This is a very exciting book and should be read widely by anyone who wants a better understanding of the role of assessment in the diverse, globalised, digital societies of the 21st century. Adopting a sociocultural perspective, it moves on from obsessions with measurement, to examine much deeper issues about quality, human judgement, ethics, and negotiated agreement'- Professor Mary James, Univeristy of Cambridge Faculty of Education, President, British Educational Research Association
Valentina Klenowski is Professor of Education at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She has research interests in curriculum and assessment reform and development, evaluation, assessment, and learning and social justice. Recent research interests include fairness in classroom assessment, culture-responsive assessment and pedagogy, teacher judgement and social moderation in the context of standards-driven reform. Valentina has published in the fields of assessment and learning, curriculum and evaluation, and has held positions at the Institute of Education, University of London and the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Claire Wyatt-Smithy is Professor of Educational Assessment and Literacy Education and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Australian Catholic University. She first became interested in assessment and literacy as a high school teacher and Head of Department, English. Building on this foundation she developed her considerable expertise in researching professional judgement and teachers’ assessment literacies, including the use of standards and social moderation. Claire's work in the field of professional judgement relates to teaching at all levels, including higher education and clinical practice. Current, large-scale funded projects include studies investigating digital assessment, gaming and the nature and effects of standardized testing upon learners and reluctant readers. Claire has an extensive history of working closely with the teaching profession and in advisory roles in curriculum and assessment policy, both within Australia and internationally.