Using Informative Assessments towards Effective Literacy Practices offers research driven solutions to improving student literacy success through the exploration of advancements in literacy assessment and instruction. As the first volume in the series, Literacy Research, Practice, and Evaluation, distinguished authors share a comprehensive portrayal of why assessments are necessary, how to select appropriate assessments, and how to effectively use data for curricular planning and instruction. By addressing concerns before, during, and after literacy instruction with research-based instructional techniques embedded within the chapters, readers garner rich perspectives on literacy assessment that can immediately impact their effective teacher practices. This text is founded on the principle that praxis, or the combination of research with practice, should be the ultimate goal of educational missions and visions alike. It provides a fresh examination of current issues and trends in literacy assessment salient to novice and experienced educators alike.
Ortlieb and Cheek's (Eds.), (2012) new book, Using Informative Assessment Toward Effective Literacy Instruction, is a practical guide for school-based and university-based educators to consult when looking for a book that explains the why's of literacy assessment, the selection of assessments, and the connections between the use of literacy assessments and literacy instruction. Written in an accessible voice and style, this book is destined to become a desk reference for practicing educators around the nation and globe - a real keeper! D. Ray Reutzel, Ph.D. Emma Eccles Jones Endowed Chair Professor of Early Literacy Education