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K-12 Professionals

Educational Assessment: Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom

EDUC 600




Instructor: Dr. A.N. (Bob) Pillay

Grading: Graded

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $100 + Course Fee: $125

Class Offered Through Virtual Education Software, inc.

Course Description:

This course is designed to further develop the conceptual and technical skills required by teachers to help them identify their educational goals, and implement meaningful instructional strategies for effective learning by students with special needs. The focus of this course will therefore be on assessment for instructional programming. The course will outline procedures for designing or selecting, administering and interpreting, a variety of informal assessment measures typically used in schools. The presentation of assessment information in an acceptable format to parents and teachers will also be addressed.

The course is organized into four major sections. Each section has a number of chapters that highlight new, sometimes controversial, but always relevant views or practices regarding this most dynamic of educational fields. Each section will include a list of objectives that will help you to focus your readings and discussions, as well as clarify tasks that will help you combine theory and practice.

This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found, in the Help section of your course.


At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:

1.  Discuss the need for authentic educational assessment in the light of current expectations of schools.

2.  Develop a comprehensive assessment plan to determine a student’s educational needs. The plan will take into account classroom variables, multiple sources of information, beneficial educational outcomes, and research-based interventions.

3.  Administer, score, and interpret a teacher-designed measure of academic achievement in reading, language, and math.

4.  Describe any past or current governmental initiatives that either impact educational assessment or define it, and explain the rationale for the initiatives.

5.  Describe the major steps in the assessment process.

6.  Outline the procedure for processing referrals for assessment.

7.  Select and discuss appropriate informal assessment measures to address literacy, numeracy, or social and behavioral aspects of the school curriculum.

8.  Demonstrate by discussion or writing the major components for completing a report to a parent/school.

9.  Discuss how to make educational or behavioral recommendations based on assessment data and effectively communicate the results to teachers and parents.


Title: Educational Assessment: Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom

Author: Dr. A.N. (Bob) Pillay

Special Instructions:

VESi will no longer offer the CD-ROM option after August 30, 2014

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