Classroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know, 10th edition

Published by Pearson (May 2, 2024) © 2025

  • W James Popham Emeritus, University of California - Los Angeles


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For introductory courses in classroom assessment.

An accessible introduction to assessment

Classroom Assessment shows pre- and in-service teachers how to use classroom testing accurately and formatively to dramatically increase their teaching effectiveness and promote student learning. In addition to clear and concise guidelines on how to develop and use quality classroom assessments, the author also focuses on the teaching implications of testing.

The 10th Edition includes extensive discussion of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and their impact on classroom assessment, new technology content, updated coverage of legislation and policy changes, and more.

Hallmark features of this title

  • A wealth of concrete guidelines detail how to perform core classroom assessment tasks.
  • Examples of assessment items help learners see item writing guidelines in practice.
  • Decision Time case studies in every chapter show decisions being made in actual K-12 settings.
  • But What Does This Have to Do with Teaching? sections highlight the implications of testing on teaching and the instructional payoffs of well-designed classroom tests.
  • Real-world examples of reliability, validity, and fairness demonstrate how classroom teachers use crucial test-appraisal criterion in a variety of instructional settings.
  • Coverage of current guidelines, laws, policy changes, standards and methods help readers understand their effect on classroom teachers.

New and updated features of this title

  • UPDATED: Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing guidelines and their impact on classroom assessment are incorporated throughout the book to provide an up-to-date view of the way education tests should be constructed, evaluated and used today.
  • UPDATED: Keys for evaluating instructionally diagnostic testing will help readers evaluate the merits of commercial or locally developed diagnostic assessments (Ch. 13).
  • UPDATED: Technology coverage examines the rising popularity of computer-based and computer-adaptive test methods and their positive and negative implications for classroom assessment.
  • UPDATED: Parent Talk features in every chapter provide both concrete and thought-provoking examples of how to communicate effectively with parents about assessment-related topics.
  • UPDATED: Testing Takeaways in every chapter help promote assessment literacy with an easy-to-understand one-page explanation of a key assessment concept.

The LMS-Compatible Assessment Bank streamlines assignments and grading

  • NEW: Self-check quizzes and application exercises are included in an LMS-compatible packaged file. Application exercises in each chapter use a short-answer format and issue a model response written by experts.

Features of Pearson+ eTextbook for the 10th Edition

  • Podcasts showcase real events related to the key concepts in each of the 16 chapters in the book. These stories illustrate the real-life consequences and power of assessment done well and done poorly.
  • The Interactive Glossary lets students quickly build their professional vocabulary as they read.
  1. Why Do Teachers Need to Know About Assessment?
  2. Deciding What to Assess
  3. Reliability of Assessment
  4. Validity
  5. Fairness
  6. Selected-Response Tests
  7. Constructed-Response Tests
  8. Performance Assessment
  9. Portfolio Assessment
  10. Affective Assessment
  11. Improving Teacher-Developed Assessments
  12. Formative Assessment
  13. Making Sense Out of Standardized Test Scores
  14. Appropriate and Inappropriate Test-Preparation Practices
  15. The Evaluation of Instruction
  16. Assessment-Based Grading

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