This course is designed to provide teachers with an understanding and use of different types of assessment and progress monitoring tools available for use in the general education, special education classrooms, and literacy classes to monitor student progress. Students will learn how to implement assessment and progress monitoring tools in general education classrooms and special instructional settings for students at the Kindergarten level through 12 grades. Students will learn when and how to use specific assessment tools to collect data throughout the school year. Further, students will learn which assessment tools are most appropriate for their grade level and the subject(s) area(s) they teach. Students will learn the 4 core aspects of data driven instruction and the reasoning behind tracking student progress through progress monitoring. Students will examine the impact of data collected through their district’s assessment on their action plans for instruction. Students will also receive information on several strategies used to manage their data both electronically and in hard copy files. Students will learn how to develop methods for making assessment “in the moment” and strategies on how to collect summative data. Students will learn how to initiate an action plan that will support and drive their future instruction. Additionally, students will receive information regarding current, research based theories and rational for creating curriculum that addresses students’ needs based upon the data collected from district interim assessments and how information about student performance on district assessments drives instruction. This course is targeted for K-12 classroom teachers, special programs including special education, literacy, gifted and talented and instructional coaches and principals.
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Instructor: Elaine Huot
This course is 3 graduate credits.