T461 – Assessment for Classroom Teachers

2 Credit Hours

This course examines the construct and practice of assessment for teaching in preschool to third grade classrooms. The course considers the critical issues related to assessment and accountability in schools, focusing on why assessment is necessary, who the various assessment audiences are, what kind of assessment information is useful for each, and the time frame appropriate for such assessment information. Students study a variety of assessment methods currently used to evaluate teaching and learning in classrooms. They also discuss ways to communicate formative information about student progress to families; collaborate with colleagues to use assessment results to modify grade-level curricula for children with diverse abilities; and advocate for culturally, linguistically, and developmentally-appropriate forms of assessment.