Currently Registering For Summer Course Sequence.
June 13 (on-line 5 week course)
Let’s measure growth and learning! Many of us create and use assessments every day…but what makes an assessment good? How can we design or adapt tools to measure and monitor learning in an effective way? This course will provide you with basic assessment literacy as well as guidance in the design process when making a growth measurement tool.
- Personal Reflection Journal
- Online Debate/Discussion
- Relevant Reading
- Project Sub-component
- Dig into assessment literacy principles
- Learn about the current research in assessment
- Understand rationale behind what to measure and when
- Dig into question formats from multiple choice to constructed response to performance
- Uncover the aspects of question complexity and how to target specific levels
- Create an assessment blueprint and plan for implementation of growth assessments
- Collaborate with and learn from other educators
Week 1: Identifying What Is Essential
- Dig into your curriculum to determine the most important skills and concepts
- Understand the concept of a learning goal and how you might choose a “Big Idea” to monitor with assessments
- Explore endurance and leverage as key elements for skill prioritization
- Select and discuss rationale for essential outcomes for your course/class or a mock class
Week 2: How To Monitor
- Explore the many ways to ask a question and determine formats that fit your students best
- Understand elements of multiple choice/forced choice, validity and distractors.
- Understand quality rubrics and descriptive elements
- Select and discuss rationale for your format(s) of question in your course/class or a mock class
Week 3: Question Complexity
- Take the levels of question complexity from Blooms, Webb or Marzano and dig to the next level in application
- Examine ratios of question complexity compared to classroom tasks
- Learn about Cognitive Demand and Cognitive Load and how to be intentional when writing questions
- Select and discuss rationale for your ratios of question complexity levels in your course/class or a mock class
Week 4: Design the Blueprint
- Develop a plan for assessment of growth using form, skill and complexity as the driving force
- Examine and critique example completed blueprints and assessments
- Complete your own blueprint with feedback from other participants and discussions
Week 5: Putting it Together
- Reflect on aspects of the blueprint design process and learn how this process would continue through the instructional interval
- Leave the class with a comprehensive toolkit for finishing this and other assessments.
Q: How long will the course take?
A: All courses are a 5 week cycle unless otherwise customized by a district.
Q: How much time will this course take?
A: It depends on your credit choice. A graduate 3 credit course is designed for 37 hours of work.
Q: What kinds of assignments should I expect?
A: The course is designed around creating a final project. Thus all assignments contribute to the final project. Participants are expected to participate in group discussions online, submit informal reflections on their practice and complete weekly assignments that chip away at the final project.
Q: Do I have to meet at particular times?
A: No. All the courses are accessible 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. You can work at your own time; contribute to discussions when it works for you. Just meet the weekly assignment requirement and you are all set!
Q: How do I register?
Registering as an individual? There are 3 simple steps.
- Enroll online. Give us your information, and we will send you the course information via email.
- You will be charged for the class and you can either pay with credit card or you can pay by PO or check. Questions? Contact INFO@KidsAtTheCore.com
- Sign In to the course Learning Management System. A couple of days before the course begins you will receive everything you need to get started
Registering as a group or school? You can register each participant individually following the steps above. Or, you can contact us and we will get the group registered for you.
Q: I registered…now what?
A: Get excited! You are about to enjoy targeted Professional Development that is relevant to your work. You should get an email with payment information and registration confirmation within 48 hours. About one week prior to the course, you will get all the course information and login information. Enjoy!
Anne is an assessment and curriculum specialist best known for her work in assessment design, data analysis and instructional effectiveness. Anne is a sought after speaker in the area of assessment design, curriculum and instruction.