Tools for Thoughtful Assessment: Classroom-Ready Techniques for Improving Teaching and Learning


By Abigail L. Boutz, Harvey F. Silver, Joyce W. Jackson, Matthew J. Perini

Published by Silver Strong & Associates

Move from “grading” to “aiding” with this award-winning collection of classroom assessment tools.


Today’s educators know that assessment means more than assigning and grading student work. They know assessment is an ongoing process that involves regularly gathering information about student learning, using that information to make better instructional decisions, and helping students take responsibility for their own learning. To do this work thoughtfully, teachers need a collection of effective assessment techniques that will integrate seamlessly into their everyday instructional practice.

Tools for Thoughtful Assessment is that collection. It contains over 75 easy-to-use tools that help teachers at all grade levels respond to the key challenges associated with classroom assessment.

This latest book follows the pattern that educators have come to expect from The Thoughtful Classroom folks—a thorough, well-researched, clearly written, and eminently practical toolkit. The use of these proven, teacher-friendly tools will unquestionably engage learners while enhancing the quality of classroom assessment practices.

Jay McTighe

Co-author of the Understanding by Design series

This amazing, extensive, and well-researched collection of instructional tools should be in every teacher’s professional library.

Arthur L. Costa

EdD, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, CA

The tools are easy to teach, easy to share, and easy to implement. The examples push this book from gold to platinum!

Kelly Philbeck

Literacy Coach, Madison Middle School, Richmond, KY

Additional information

Weight 1.35 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 in


First Publication Date

September 2012


Silver Strong & Associates





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