This course takes a deeper look at assessment, focusing on how teachers can effectively design and use multiple types of assessments to inform instruction and make data-driven decisions about students. Formal, informal, formative, and summative assessments will be evaluated and linked to key objectives based on standards for learning. Critical elements of assessment will be explored including the role of assessment in a teacher’s planning and design of curriculum, management of data, consideration of special populations, and monitoring of student progress.
Who should take the course: 21st-century educators in the P-12 classroom looking to understand the relationship between standards and assessment, revealing ways to integrate a variety of assessment-types through data-driven decisions impacting the design of their instruction.
What will they learn: By unpacking learning standards and building a firm foundation for standards-based instruction, you’ll discover how to strengthen your own cycle of planning, assessing, and adjusting instruction to support student needs and achievement.
What the course includes or value adds of taking the course: Build upon your understanding of how formative assessments support, improve, and inspire your instruction and assess learning in relevant and engaging ways.