SELF-STUDY: Assessment Strategies for the Common Core (5 hours)

 
 
“How can assessment strategies improve student learning and teacher instruction?”
Assessments are not confined to year end tests and grades. They are meant to be a part of daily teaching and learning. Good assessments are powerful – they may be used to change the way teachers teach, students learn and sometimes even […]

GRADUATE Course – Standards and Communications in Teaching

“I really enjoyed the course. It was straight forward and easy to use. The instructor was very elaborate in her responses, and helped to clarify questions. All responses were received in a timely manner as well. It was a great course with good pacing and I learned lots of material in a short amount of […]

Formative Assessment: Why?

Formative Assessment: Why?

According to Lang, et al (2008), the formative assessment process came about from educators working on ways to accelerate student achievement and to help predict how well students will perform on standards-based statewide tests.
Lang is right on target, however, the general perception often is that standard-based learning and formative assessments should only be used in […]

What are Some Primary Strategies that I can Use to Assess Learning?

What are Some Primary Strategies that I can Use to Assess Learning?

When teachers consider implementing formative assessment, it becomes essential that they understand how learning may be assessed.
Tuttle (2009) explains that “Curriculum and instruction are not based on a textbook but on the standards that all students are to meet through differentiated instruction. Also, assessments are not used to determine a grade but to inform students […]

What is the Purpose of a Learning Target in Formative Assessment?

What is the Purpose of a Learning Target in Formative Assessment?

Tuttle (2009) explains that “Curriculum and instruction are not based on a textbook but on the standards that all students are to meet through differentiated instruction. Also, assessments are not used to determine a grade but to inform students of expectations and achievements. In the same manner, student feedback is much more than just a […]

SELF-STUDY: Standards and Communications in Teaching (15 clock hours)

“Benchmarks? Rubrics? Assessments? Content, Instructional and Performance Standards?”
In an age where there are multiple approaches to teaching and educating students, it becomes important to ensure that a particular standard is maintained. This class helps teachers achieve goals, while empowering you with skills and tools to deliver the best of quality education. […]

SELF-STUDY: Standards in Teaching (10 Hours)

“Benchmarks? Rubrics? Assessments? Content, Instructional and Performance Standards?”
Welcome to this dual course aimed to help you understand more about the standards in teaching. This dual course consists of the following 5 hour courses:

Integrating standards in education
Formative Assessment

The first part of this course will help you understand more about standards and how […]

SELF-STUDY: Formative Assessment (5 clock hours)

“The low performing high school is now
classified as a School of Progress.”
Is your school moving in the right direction?
Can you tell if students are learning – how can you tell?
Three years ago Brian Creasman  became principal of a “low performing” high school and was confronted with these two questions. A high school classified […]

What are Performance based Assessments?

What are Performance based Assessments?

Performance assessments, more commonly known as authentic assessments, require students to be able to apply what they have learned instead of just recalling information like most multiple-choice assessments.
Performance based assessments allow the student to demonstrate mastery and enable the teacher to better understand student mastery. The reason for this is because the student has to […]

What are the Benefits of Peer Assessment?

What are the Benefits of Peer Assessment?

As educators, we have access to various resources that help in designing lessons, assessments and remediation. The same is true with a peer assessment. There are no “cookie cutter” approaches to these assessments.
The assessments are not limited to multiple-choice answers, short answers or essay assessments. Instead peer assessments include the usage of a variety of […]

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