In this course, learners use assessment data through a systematic process to make informed decisions and to evaluate classroom and school-wide learning outcomes. Emphasis is placed on the design, implementation, and analysis of formative assessments while other types of assessments are explored. Learners will use this assessment knowledge to design and analyze a comprehensive assessment plan in a K-12 setting.
This graduate course is 6 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and New York.
- Analyze the essential elements of a balanced assessment system.
- Analyze how your current K–12 state testing system aligns to state adopted standards.
- Differentiate between formative and summative assessments.
- Examine the purpose of formative and summative assessments within a variety of instructional contexts.
- Evaluate effective implementation strategies for the use of technology in the purpose of formative assessment.
- Compare the essential components of norm-referenced assessment systems to those of standards-based assessment systems.
- Evaluate validity and reliability in assessments.
- Analyze assessment bias.
- Synthesize item analysis techniques to diagnose student needs.
- Examine questioning strategies utilized to assess higher-order thinking skills.
- Analyze the connection between classroom grades and assessment.
- Critique the essential elements of selected response and constructed response assessments.
- Evaluate the benefits of involving students in the assessment process.
- Describe the co-constructing criteria process.
- Analyze the benefit of students’ use of assessment information to improve their work.
- Utilize strategies to improve teacher-developed assessments.
- Differentiate between authentic and traditional assessment.
- Analyze the professional role and responsibility of the teacher in educational assessment.
- Examine test taking strategies for students.
- Examine the utilization of standardized tests to evaluate student performance.
- Differentiate standardized and non-standardized tests.
- Evaluate strategies for interpreting norm-referenced test scores.
- Analyze strategies for evaluating print material and online resources for published tests.
- Analyze the challenges faced in creating and sustaining a data-driven culture.
- Evaluate the advantages of and challenges to working as a team in the assessment process.
- Evaluate protocols for effective schoolwide data teams.
- Critique strategies for utilizing data in site-based curriculum decisions.
This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-345-1800.
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