In the age of accountability, assessment is the key element in any restructuring of the educational system and is the primary focus for both individual school achievement and improvement (Chapman and King, 2005). This course will deal directly with the issue of integrating instruction with assessment or what has been popularly referred to as teaching to the test. The paradigm featuring assessment of learning will be flipped over to reveal assessment for learning.
The focus will be on creating the skills necessary to make classroom exercises and activities so compelling and powerful that the two separate fields of instruction and assessment will merge into a single domain (Bond, 2006). Teachers will begin instructional planning, with the end (assessment) in mind, by identifying the desired results and competency targets as related to their specific subject and grade level. Teachers will address how evidence is gathered through a variety of formal and informal assessments to effectively gauge student performance (Wiggins, McTighe, 1998). Related issues such as classroom management, motivation and test anxiety will be addressed. Alternative methods of assessment will be introduced and incorporated into practical and classroom-friendly activities.
Graduate Participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional Development participants receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes, and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.
Session/Module 1: A Reintroduction to Assessment
Session/Module 2: Standards and Benchmarks
Session/Module 3: Standardized Tests
Session/Module 4: Identifying and Understanding Test Anxiety
Session/Module 5: Steps Toward Eliminating Test Anxiety
Session/Module 6: Comparing Alternative project-based/qualitative) with Traditional Assessment
Session/Module 7: The Role of Rubrics
Session/Module 8: Utilizing Portfolios
Session/Module 9: Organizing Instruction Based on Assessment
Session/Module 10: Incorporating Technology/Final Exam
Online Courses are 13 weeks in length.
Face-to-Face Course courses are held Friday evening from 6pm-9pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8am-6pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:30am- 5:30pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district or school to ensure that all requirements are being met.
Check the Partner University area of our website for specific course tuition.
Students are to purchase their own textbook. Click “Textbook List” for information.
Professional Development participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes.