Quality Assessment Design (AAC #1603)
Assessment literacy is an important skill for evaluators alike. This course will look at elements of assessment design. Participants will discuss the nuts and bolts of the decisions that go into creating high quality assessments, the blueprint of an assessment including the topics assessed and the complexity of the items, and the choices teachers make to better align the assessments to prepare students for the PARCC assessment and the Common Core Expectations.
Assessments play the role of determining student strengths and weaknesses for future lesion design as well as monitoring and documenting the growth of all students. The course will look at how assessments can be used to gather formative data about students learning, and help teachers pilot teaching to meet the needs of all students and help all students grow and learn. Participants will look at ways to collect data, use data and apply quality assessment practices to the measurement of student growth for both teaching and evaluation purposes. The course will teach administrators to: A) Identify Quality Assessments: administrators will learn elements of quality assessment design and be able to distinguish between the high quality assessments and those needing improvements; B) Help educators design quality assessments: administrators will learn how to set up blueprints and step-by-step assistance scaffolding to help teachers write their own high quality assessments; and C) Align to CCSS and PARCC: administrators will learn what makes an assessment better aligned to state expectations.