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Assessment & Grading: Promoting Student Growth

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits, 5 Quarter Credits, or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description
This course is designed to enhance a participant’s knowledge of assessment and grading practices.  The following themes will be investigated: formative assessment, summative assessment, learning targets and outcomes, methods of assessing, types of assessment protocols, grading practices, providing feedback, and defining mastery. This course prepares teachers by providing them with the essential elements needed to translate assessment of learning to assessment for learning.

Global Goals of the Course
To deepen and/or apply the content and skills of the teacher’s existing professional knowledge base by meeting the following global goals of this course: 

1. To understand the educational implications of assessment methods and grading practices (NBPTS 1,2,4) (InTASC 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
2. To examine and evaluate reasons for utilizing formative and summative assessment methods (NBPTS 1,2,3,4,5) (InTASC 6,7,9)
3. To identify clear learning targets, measurable outcomes, and mastery of learning (NBPTS 1,2,3,4,5) (InTASC 1,2,4,5,6,7,8)
4. To understand how grading practices enhance or impede the learning process (NBPTS 1,2,3,4,5) (InTASC 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
5. To evaluate assessment of learning and assessment for learning  (NBPTS 1,2,3,4,5) (InTASC 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
6. To  review the nature and meaning of grades, how to communicate about student learning, and their impact on the learning process (NBPTS 1,2,3,4,5 ) (InTASC 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)

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