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K-12 Professionals

Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

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

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $329

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Education experts Robert J. Marzano and Tammy Heflebower explatn the research, theory and practice of their widely adopted methodology  based on the assumption that to design instruction  that advances all their students' achievement, teachers must be able to design assessments  that fully illuminate what their students are learning. Participants  will learn how to track student progress  through detailed descriptors of the essential skills and knowledge  students must learn for meaningful and purposeful learning; the kind of feedback, assessment, and grading students need to help them learn; how to construct those assessments; how to create rubric-based scales to inform both formative and summative assessments: and how to monitor and affect student progress. The course  features interviews  with teachers and students, classroom  footage, workshop activities, presentations, and an accompanying text. Grading criteria can then be more adequately communicated  to parents in measuring student achievement.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • The distinctions between formative and summative assessment.
  • How to employ feedback and formative assessment to facilitate students’ learning.
  • How to develop summative grading systems that are consistent, reliable, and valid.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will apply the following skills:

  • Design multiple assessments that inform instructional design.
  • Clarify learning goals for their students.
  • Develop rubrics, or proficiency scales, to guide students’ learning.
  • Track students’ progress through research-tested methods.
  • Assess students for grades with consistent, reliable, and valid methods.

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $199.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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