Brain-Friendly Assessments

Brain-Friendly Assessments

What They Are and How to Use Them

David A. Sousa

Describes critical factors when designing and selecting assessment techniques to accurately gauge how well students learn and retain information.

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2015 Finalist, USA Best Book Awards

Increase learning with effectively designed assessments based on neuroscience.

Assessment and testing serve distinctly different purposes in education. Whereas testing gives teachers a snapshot of what each student knows at a given moment, assessment provides a way to continually monitor student progress and give feedback and support to increase learning. Brain-Friendly Assessments: What They Are and How to Use Them guides teachers on this journey as they work to determine what, whom, where, and how to assess. Bestselling author David A. Sousa empowers teachers with valuable research findings from educational neuroscience as he describes critical factors to consider when designing and selecting assessment techniques to accurately gauge how well students learn and retain information. In this book, Sousa explores clear, practical, effective ways to:

  • Develop and administer assessments that are in the best interest of students
  • Design brain-friendly assessments to deepen students’ understanding
  • Fairly assess all students, including English-language learners and those who are homeschooled

Effectively designed assessments help improve student performance as well as qualities that standardized test scores alone cannot measure, such as creativity, curiosity, higher-order thinking, and collaboration. Brain-Friendly Assessments will help teachers impart these critical skills and traits to students to consistently foster long-term academic success.

Product Code: BPP150401
ISBN: 9781941112212 | 03/08/15
Publisher: LSI


“A powerful book, Brain-Friendly Assessments has informed my instruction as well as assessment. I cannot overstate how appreciative I am of the way the author distilled the essence of assessment into student-centered, sensible best practices.”

—Alana Margeson, 2012 Maine Teacher of the Year

Brain-Friendly Assessments really made me think about what I would do differently if I were back in the classroom and what I should be doing now as the superintendent to ensure we are doing the right things related to assessments.”

—C.J. Huff, 2013 National Superintendent of the Year finalist

Brain-Friendly Assessments answers all of the ‘who,’ ‘what,’ ‘where,’ ‘when,’ and ‘how’ questions. The book’s very detailed explanations of assessments have the research and data to support them.”

—Brandi Leggett, 2014 Regional Kansas Teacher of the Year

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