Assessing Learners: Using the AASL Standards to Measure Competency and Growth

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Assessing Learners unpacks a complex and critical area of school library instruction aligned to the National School Library Standards. Readers will be able to appropriately select or design assessment tools to measure learner understanding and growth. As pre-service and in-service school librarians become more fluent with the AASL Standards and more confident in their assessment practices, this text will continue to serve as a guide for building effective lesson plans. A bridge between learner assessment and school librarian practice, this professional guide provides

  • discussions of common assessments used in the school library in the context of the AASL Standards and with an emphasis on growth mindset and personalized learning;
  • competency-based assessment examples situated in learning scenarios that integrate instruction with content areas; and 
  • strategies for a variety of settings and learners, including remote and low-tech assessments.

Introduction: Learner Assessment in the School Library

Chapter 1. Assessing Learner Process and Progress 
Chapter 2. Diagnostic Assessments
Chapter 3. Formative Assessments
Chapter 4. Summative Assessments
Chapter 5. Learner Self-Assessments
Chapter 6. Virtual Assessments 

Conclusion: Learner Assessment Used as Advocacy 
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Elizabeth A. Burns

Dr. Elizabeth A. Burns is an associate professor and the school library program director for the Library and Information Studies Program in the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies at Old Dominion University. She is a career educator who spent several years as a classroom teacher and school librarian before moving into higher education. She teaches library education courses, preparing graduate students for endorsement in school library media and careers in library and information workplaces. Her research focuses on curriculum and instruction, assessment, school library pedagogy, diversity and inclusion, and information literacy.

"This short but powerful book is a treasure trove of assessment strategies that are innovative and practical. Burns emphasizes the importance of understanding and using the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards to foster student growth and competency. This hands-on manual encourages the use of visual and organizational tools, including idea webs, diagrams, and charts, which can be particularly useful during the initial stages of inquiry ... Whether librarians are looking to refresh their assessment strategies overnight or seeking a steady companion for their professional journey, this book is an invaluable addition to any school librarian’s toolkit."
— School Library Journal (starred review)