Assessment and Grading for Student Achievement
In this course, Damian Cooper and Ken O’Connor present the need to rethink assessment practices in order to help students learn and become more efficient. Participants analyze their current practice and begin to implement improvements based on newly considered distinctions between assessments “FOR” learning as opposed to assessments “OF” learning. The course also examines the critical distinctions between formative assessment and summative grades, evaluates whether grades promote learning at all, and what functions they serve in a standards-based system and, most importantly, when, what and how to grade students. Interviews with teachers and in-classroom workshops illustrate the key points throughout the course and provide examples in actual practice.