Setting and Using Criteria, 2nd Edition

From the Knowing What Counts

by Anne Davies
by Caren Cameron
by Kathleen Gregory


ISBN: 978-0-99783193-9-7
Grade: for grades K-12
Price: $19.00

Setting and Using Criteria is the first book in Knowing What Counts, a series for middle- and secondary-school teachers who want to involve their students in assessment and evaluation.

Foreword by Sandra Herbst, Assistant Superintendent, River East Transcona School Division

Setting and Using Criteria is full of practical ways to help teachers increase student engagement, learning, and achievement by involving students in the process of classroom assessment. This book shows teachers how to co-construct criteria with students using a simple four-step process and then how to use the co-constructed criteria for assessing products, processes, and collections of evidence of learning. In Chapter 1 the authors also provide five different classroom models for setting and using criteria, and show how these ideas are adaptable to any classroom setting. In Chapter 2 there are ten ways to give students descriptive, specific feedback to improve the quality of their work, while keeping them engaged and focused on the criteria that lead to quality and success. The foreword, written by Sandra Herbst, focuses on the power of these ideas to engage learners and increase achievement.

Sections include:

  • What are criteria and why do we set them?
  • A four-step process for setting criteria with students
  • Scenarios for setting criteria with students
  • Shifting to criteria-based assessment
  • Ten ways to give specific feedback
  • Questions and responses

Includes reproducibles for teachers to adapt for their own use in schools and classrooms.


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