EDFOUND 486 / 686 - Evidence-Based Curricular Evaluation and Improvement I: Individual and Classroom Levels This course is designed to train school personnel in the selection of published assessments and the creation of classroom-level assessment methods appropriate for making instructional decisions at the individual and classroom level. Emphasis will be placed on understanding core content area standards, formative assessment practices in content areas, developing valid pupil grading procedures, and ethical assessment methods, all with a focus on informing instruction.
EDFOUND 487 / 687 - Evidence-Based Curricular Evaluation and Improvement II: School and Program Levels This course is designed to train school personnel in choosing and developing assessment methods appropriate for making instructional decisions at the program level, and will be able to disseminate their knowledge within a school setting. Knowledge of widely used assessments such as MAP, and Smarter Balanced assessments will be used to provide concrete examples of concepts. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and interpreting assessment methods and data at multiple programmatic levels, developing data-based action plans, and disseminating knowledge to colleagues.
EDFOUND 488 / 688 - Practicum in Implementing Standards and Assessment This course is designed as a practicum in which students will apply methods of assessment in order to inform educational decision-making. Methods, skills, and content learned in this course and course prerequisites will be applied in field placements. Emphasis will be placed on interpreting classroom and standardized assessment data and then using that data to inform instructional decisions at the individual, classroom, and program levels.