Using Assessment to Design Instruction

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Format: Facilitated

Course Fee: $234


woman taking a testIn the adult literacy field, classroom assessments are essential for maintaining quality instruction and strengthening programs overall. Practitioners need them for accurately determining a student’s current skills and knowledge, learning strengths and challenges, educational gains, and readiness to move on to the next stage in the educational journey. Students need them to assure themselves that they are acquiring new knowledge and skills and thus to persist in their learning. Strong classroom assessments contribute to an overall “culture of assessment,” where all members of the learning community—students, tutors, instructors, program managers—can comfortably analyze and use data. After completing this course, teachers will have expanded their selection of assessment tools for classroom use, learned how to deepen assessments from simple to complex, and explored how to involve students in designing classroom assessments.

In this course you will learn about “backward lesson design” - specifically, how assessments can guide and inform instruction using the following questions: What do I hope students will learn? (learning objectives), How will I know they have learned it? (designing assessments), and What are the best ways to help them learn it? (lesson activities). You will also learn about rubric construction and other tools to communicate assessment criteria and expectations to students; the value of student and teacher reflection in improving assessment design and results; strategies for involving students in assessment design (project-based learning and authentic tasks); how to use summative assessments; how to apply fundamental assessment principles; and proven assessment resources to assist in assessment development and scoring.

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Estimated Completion Time: 12 hours

Completion Requirements:

Throughout the course you will be asked to:

  • complete assignments that apply the concepts or skills that have been taught, including assessment and rubric development;
  • post to forums your ideas and thoughts on the assessment topics for that lesson;
  • take a final quiz to gauge how well you have grasped the concepts or skills; and
  • complete journal entries to capture your reflections on the information and activities.

Your instructor will score the assignments as complete or incomplete. You must achieve at least 80% on the assignments and final quiz and complete all the journal entries, wiki entries, and forum postings to successfully complete the course. When you have completed the requirements of the entire course and completed the evaluation survey, you will be able to print a certificate verifying completion.

Certificate for Completion: Yes

Course Development:

This course was produced by World Education, Inc., and written by Carey Reid, World Education. Inc.

Acknowledgements: This course is an adaptation of a course developed by the the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES), an organization funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide professional development to state-funded ABE programs. The following staff from SABES’s five regional resource centers provided content or materials for the course: Annemarie Espinolda, Janet Fischer, Merilee Freeman, Dori McCormack, Richard Rakobane, and Nancy Sheridan.

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