(45 ISBE Clock 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.

  • Total Price: $190
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 45 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 16 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course


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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • 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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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

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

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

 45 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 45 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

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.

Professional Development Course Resources

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

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Receive a copy of the course syllabus by submitting the form below. Once submitted, we automatically email you a copy. The syllabus contains detailed and important information on the structure and core content of the course as well as grading.

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Register for the Course

  • Register for full access to the course for 1 full year
  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 45 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU
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