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Foundations of Assessments

(10 Hr Course) - $50*

*Individual purchase cost is $5 per credit hour for courses or some districts may have a contract.


Learn to use classroom assessments to inform instruction, including diagnostic, formative, summative, and interim assessments. For each assessment, acquire insights into its purpose and how it adjusts instruction to meet students' needs. Explore methods for communicating assessment results to students, teachers, and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) effectively.

Learning Objectives

The objectives for this course are the FEAPs.

  • 1b. Sequence lessons and concepts to ensure coherence and required prior knowledge
  • 1c. Design instruction for students to achieve mastery
  • 1d. Select appropriate formative assessments to monitor learning
  • 1e. Uses diagnostic student data to plan lessons
  • 2b. Sequences lessons and concepts to ensure coherence and required prior knowledge
  • 2g. Integrate current information and communication technologies
  • 3c. Identify gaps in students’ subject knowledge
  • 3d. Modify instruction to respond to preconceptions or misconceptions
  • 3h. Differentiate instruction based on an assessment of student learning needs and recognition of individual differences in students
  • 3i. Provides immediate and specific feedback to students to promote student achievement
  • 3j. Utilizes student feedback to monitor instructional needs and adjust instruction
  • 4a. 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
  • 4b. Designs and aligns formative and summative assessments that match learning objectives and lead to mastery
  • 4c. Use a variety of assessment tools to monitor student progress, achievement, and learning gains
  • 4f. Applies technology to organize and integrate assessment information
  • 5c. Uses a variety of data independently, and in collaboration with colleagues, to evaluate learning outcomes, adjust planning, and continuously improve the effectiveness of the lessons
  • 5d. Collaborates with the home, school, and larger communities to foster communication and support student learning and continuous improvement

Documentation Methods

Participants must document their learning by completing the following summative.

3 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

Author: 09/2023: Kathy Jones and Kaothar El-Far

Developed by 09/2023: Kathy Jones.

Course Last Updated: 2023© 2003-2024 Beacon Educator