Choosing The Right Assessments For Your Students

(11 Hours) Assessment of students is a key component of all effective educational programs and a critical component to student learning.  This professional development course will teach you the different types of assessments, how to design effective and targeted assessment items, and how to build a detailed plan for your content area and grade-level to measure student progress and success.


  • Price: $30.00
  • Credit Type: Professional Development
  • Credits: 11 PD Hours
  • 16 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

Learn The Importance, Purpose, & Effective Implementation of Assessments in the Classroom

Learn The Main Types of Assessments & How to Create Objective-Aligned Assessments to Enhance Student Learning

Learn How to Develop Highly Effective Assessments & Rubrics

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What You Will Learn In This Course:

Assessment of students is a key component of effective educational programs and a critical component to student learning.  Assessment is a critical component of the backward design process, where assessments should be developed first, and align to the students’ learning objectives resulting in more targeted lessons. This alignment ensures that students are being taught exactly what they are being assessed. This professional development course teaches you the different types of assessments, how to design effective and targeted assessment items, and how to build a detailed plan for your content area and grade level to measure student progress. This online course is a comprehensive resource on all the assessment planning aspiring or new teachers would need to design effective assessments, and a detailed review for experienced teachers that are looking for ways to improve their assessment design process and help impact greater learning gains in their students.

What you will learn:

  • The four types of assessments used to measure and increase student learning
  • How to create objective-aligned assessments to enhance student learning
  • The three types of assessment items found on most assessments
  • How to align the assessment and it’s components with your learning objectives
  • How to write a summative assessment that meets the needs of all learners
  • When to use a scoring rubric in the classroom and how to develop your own rubrics

Course Guiding Question:

How can I develop effective assessments that produce meaningful data on student understanding and performance?

Professional Development Credits:

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 11 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs, CEUs).

Model Teaching Professional Development Courses are pre-approved in many states and we provide easy approval forms to submit to your license granting authority if required.

If you are a teacher seeking license renewal and wish to verify acceptance of our Professional Development Courses, please view our PD STATE REQUIREMENTS PAGE to learn more about your state’s requirements.

Also, consider taking our UNIVERSITY-PARTNERED, ACADEMIC CREDIT COURSES to earn regionally-accredited units or credits, accepted by most states for teacher re-licensing and salary advancement.


Natalie Brown, Instructor

M.S. Education
Concordia University
B.S. Education
University of North Texas

Experience & Credentials:
Over 18 Years of Teaching Experience
GT, Board Certified, Principal Certification (Texas)

Great course on how to assess students

This course helped me make sure the assessment items I choose and the types of questions I asked are aligned to my objectives. The tools in this course gave me a lot of help in planning for different kinds of assessments, and I feel like I have a really thorough understanding of how to incorporate good and rigorous assessments into my classroom!

-Social Studies Teacher

Course Sections:

Section 1 – The Importance and Purpose of Assessments

  • Learn about why assessments are important, the purpose of providing assessments to students, and how it fits into a backward design model for lesson development. Then, reflect upon your own ideas about assessments, what makes a good assessment, and what purpose assessments should serve.

Section 2 – Types of Assessments and Student Feedback

  • Learn the four main types of assessments discussed in this course- Diagnostic Assessments, Formative Assessments, Summative Assessments, Interim/Benchmark Assessments plus  methods for providing student feedback based on each assessment type.  Then, reflect on how you’d incorporate these assessment types into a lesson of your content area and grade level.

Section 3 – Question Types and Alignment

  • Learn the important role that Bloom’s Taxonomy plays in designing assessments and aligning each assessment item to your learning objectives and learn the main types of questions used in assessments. Then, reflect on how you would select appropriate question types and question content in your assessments for an objective of your content area and grade level.

Section 4 – Assessment Writing & Using a Rubric

  • Learn how to effectively write summative assessments and design rubrics that measure student learning well. Then, reflect on how you’d design a summative assessment and rubric for an objective of your content area and grade level.

Section 5 – The Role of Assessments in the Learning Process

  • Learn why assessments are such a critical piece of the learning process and reflect on past activities you have encountered where assessments were not well aligned to the activity measuring the learning process.

Section 6 – Putting It All Together

  • Using the sample and template provided, build a Unit Assessments Overview plan that helps you plan for assessments aligned to a given set of objectives to your content area and grade level.

Section 7 – Applying What You Have Learned

  • Get ideas on how to implement your unit assessments overview into the classroom, find a list of online resources on designing assessments, and read the research behind assessment design that supports this evidence- based professional development

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 16 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!  These include:

  • Types of Assessments Quick Reference Guide
  • Unit Planner
  • Diagnostic Assessment Tool
  • Diagnostic Assessment Tool-Example
  • Weekly Student Feedback Recording Tools
  • Weekly Formative Assessment Template
  • Summative Assessment Matrix
  • Types of Questions Quick Reference Guide
  • Types of Assessments Quick Reference Guide
  • Assessment Alignment Chart
  • Sample Rubric Template
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist and Sample
  • Unit Assessments Overview Plan and Sample

High-Quality Virtual Presentations

Our high-quality lessons are presented by your instructor in a virtual learning environment that is designed to mirror live, on-campus workshops. Choose to watch or read all lessons at any time and take advantage of our high-quality resources provided for immediate implementation of your new skills.

Access Your Courses Anytime, Anywhere

Courses are accessible to you at any time and are accessible on any computer, tablet, or smart phone. After registration, you will have access to all course lessons, templates, & assignments for one year. Take your courses at your own pace.  Pause any time and continue where you left off.  You will receive instructor feedback at each step of the course as you progress through the curriculum at your own convenience.


Live Feedback & Communication

Our courses are designed to simulate live instruction. Throughout the course, you will receive feedback from your instructor within 24- 48 hours of your submissions as you proceed through lessons and activities. If you have a question, reach out to your instructor through our built-in messaging system or directly by email or phone.