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Foundations of Assessment


Learn to use classroom assessments to shape teaching and learning. Explore assessments that address the intent of a targeted standard.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain knowledge of standardized tests and their purposes;
  • Become familiar with the forms of classroom assessments and their purposes;
  • Uses a variety of assessment tools to monitor student progress, achievement and learning gains;
  • Designs and aligns formative and summative assessments that, monitor learning, match learning objectives and lead to mastery;
  • Analyzes and applies data from multiple assessments and measures to diagnose students’ learning needs, informs instruction based on those needs, and drives the learning process;
  • Uses diagnostic data to identify gaps in student subject matter knowledge, respond to preconceptions and misconceptions and plan lessons and assessments;
  • Develops learning experiences that require students to demonstrate a variety of applicable skills and competencies;
  • Shares the importance and outcomes of student assessment data with the student and the student’s parents/caregiver(s);
  • Applies technology to organize and integrate assessment information;          
  • Collaborates with the home, school and larger communities to foster communication and to support student learning and continuous improvement.

Documentation Methods

Participants must document their learning by completing the following summative.

2 Reflections - Learner synthesizes previous knowledge and course content in order to develop a narrative response.

The summative must meet 80% of the established criteria.

Project Team


Developed by Beacon Educator staff.

Course Last Updated: 2022