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From Standards to Rubrics in Six Steps

From Standards to Rubrics in Six Steps
Tools for Assessing Student Learning

Third Edition
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December 2010 | 232 pages | Corwin
In this new edition, internationally recognized assessment expert Kay Burke provides an updated, comprehensive six-step walk-through of how to create tasks that promote learning for all students and how to write rubrics linked straight to the requirements of state standards and the No Child Left Behind Act. Burke demonstrates how to build a performance task unit as the ideal curriculum framework for clustering standards and differentiating instruction within a single cohesive unit of study. She shows how to share checklists and rubrics with students for ongoing formative assessment and self assessment.

Teachers and administrators will find everything they need, including:

- Templates for all six steps

- Tools and tips to help teachers build their own tasks, checklists, and rubrics

- Theory, examples, applications, and explanations to help apply the six-step process

- Guidance for differentiating for special needs within standards-linked tasks

- Sample tasks, rubrics, and units

The new edition of From Standards to Rubrics in 6 Steps provides the path and tools for flow-through from standards to rubrics to high student achievement.

About the Author
1. Target the Standards
2. Find the Big Ideas
3. Organize Teacher Checklists
4. Create Performance Tasks
5. Develop Student Checklists
6. Design Teaching Rubrics
7. Final Thoughts


Supplemental Resources Website

The companion website for From Standards to rubrics, Third Edition contains templates and examples that will help you create vocabulary lists, big ideas, essential questions, teacher checklists, performance tasks, student checklists, and rubrics correlated to your state standards and district curriculum goals. 

The electronic templates will allow you to customize your assessments by adding district requirements, school and class information, appropriate graphics, and standards-based language. By adjusting the format of these templates and assessments, you will be better able to meet the diverse needs of your students and help all learners meet and exceed state, national, and international standards.

"Kay Burke's authenticity naturally extends to her professional writing and speaking engagements. Her professional development opportunities attract educators who know they will walk away with new research, new strategies, and something to do TOMORROW. This wonderfully practical book contains real examples from real teachers, helpful checklists, and rubrics. I particularly like the application and reflection pages, and I wish every principal would use them with their teachers."

Julie Davis, Executive Director
The Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators

"At last, a text that I can use with my new teachers, experienced teachers and administrators that will make rubrics, to quote the author, “their friends.” Dr. Burke’s six steps can be easily implemented by all levels of educators immediately. Students will receive meaningful feedback, allowing them to assess their performance and set goals to make their work even better. The end results are empowered teachers, engaged students, and increased student performance."

Mary Ellen Kotz, Education Associate, New Teacher Mentoring and Teacher Evaluation
Delaware Department of Education

"This book outlines an easy-to-follow process for designing and organizing standards-based instruction that engages students in performance-based learning. Kay Burke effectively shows teachers how to use checklists and rubrics to put students in the driver’s seat of their own assessment for learning."

Nancy Larimer, Professional Learning Supervisor
Cobb County School District, Marietta, GA

"I have employed and tested the methods outlined in this must-have book in my own high school biology classes. The six steps enabled me to have a 100% pass rate on our high-stake exam with gain scores that almost doubled those of traditionally taught classrooms. Teaching instructional design classes for a college at the master’s level, I highly encourage students to follow the plan outlined in this book."

Richie Wood, Professor
Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

Burke's book offers a great deal of insight to new teachers in the field. I used this book in a post-bac assessment course along with a core assessment book. This book explained in very practical language how to use performance assessments and rubrics in the classroom. The examples helped my students understand how to create these powerful tools.

Dr Julie Delello
General Education Dept, University of Texas at Tyler
October 6, 2011

The book would only fit for approximately 25% of the overall course content and, in turn, is too costly for students to purchase an additional text for only a fraction of the course. It is an excellent text...just not the right one for this particular course.

Dr Ryan Zonnefeld
Education Dept, Dordt College
September 6, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Target the Standards

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ISBN: 9781412987011