Acclaimed author and educator Nancy Steineke offers the definitive how-to handbook for implementing highly structured and productive assessment activities. Building on her 32 years of classroom experience, Nancy shows teachers how to balance their approach to assessment and easily incorporate performance projects into their curriculum. After chronicling the research and rationale behind live assessments, Nancy describes strategies that teachers can use to foster a supportive classroom culture where assessment activities and presentation skills flourish. The chapters that follow outline ten specific live assessments that can be used to personalize learning and help your students show what they know. Each chapter presents:

  • the rationale for the activity
  • lists of the reading, writing, and speaking/listening standards skills students will apply
  • step-by-step support including samples of student work, tips for troubleshooting predictable problems, and strategies for adapting and modifying activities
  • rubrics, scoring sheets, and other reproducibles for students

Read a Sample Chapter (PDF)