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Differentiated Assessments: Alternative Ways to Assess All Students in your Classroom

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

Course Description

Differentiated assessment is the key to helping every student have success within their own learning style.  This course is designed to help educators discover new ways to assess students from a variety of different learning styles. A focus on strategies for performing pre-assessments, formative assessments, and summative assessments as well as alternative assessments such as performance-based assessments, portfolios, presentations and more to give options for students to have success other than the traditional pen-and-paper assessment.  Classroom examples will be reviewed to help see how differentiated assessment can provide direction for improvement, promote confidence, and motivate students to do their best.  Participants will leave the course with a better understanding of assessment practices and a wealth of resources to effectively differentiate assessments in their classroom.

Global Goals of the Course

  1. To examine current research in the area of best practice of alternative assessments (NBPTS 3,4,5)
  2. To develop an understanding of the need for effective alternative design and implementation in today’s classroom (NBPTS 1,3,4,5)
  3. To analyze current alternative assessment instructional practices and methods in order to better support student learning (NBPTS 1,3,4,5)
  4. To explore possible applications of alternative assessments in the classroom (NBPTS 1,2,3,4,5)
  5. To synthesize best practice alternative assessment research and classroom applications (NBPTS 2,3,4,5)


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By Jennifer Leon
Reviewed 2 years ago
Instructor provided meaningful and timely directions and feedback. She was always available for questions and provided professionalism and flexibility throughout the course.

By Elizabeth Strom
Reviewed 11 months ago
Mary was a flexible teacher who showed she really cared about her students!! I would take another class with her.

By Lauren Fitzgerald
Reviewed 9 months ago
Fostered great discussion with thoughtful questions

By Natalie Carlson
Reviewed 5 months ago
Paul Wright gives great prompt feedback and is willing to help you when needed.

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