810 – Testing and Assessment in Education

Course Description:

Despite the call for using assessment to promote effective learning, most teachers remain underprepared to conduct classroom-based formative assessment and interpret the summative assessment information for improving instruction as well as learning.

Throughout the course, general testing and assessment topics are revisited, extended, interwoven and deconstructed, with the participants’ understanding strengthened by tasks and follow-up questions.








Requirements for a Certificate:

Minimum attendance requirement is 75% of course events.

Assessed portfolio work for practical tasks like group and individual planning, observation, demonstration, micro-teaching, discussion and feedback sessions.

1000-word end of course Reflective Essay.





Course Outline:

810.01 – Teaching, Assessment and Testing

810.02 – Institutional Expectations and Constraints

810.03 – Diagnostic, Formative, Benchmark, and Summative Testing

810.04 – Assessment used as a tool for learning – Performance-based assessment

810.05 – The Theory and Science behind effective assessment for learning

810.06 – Aptitude, Proficiency, Placement, Diagnostic, Achievement tests

810.07 – Practicality, Reliability, Validity, Authenticity and Washback

810.08 – Designing and Structuring clear and coherent Tests and Assignments

810.09 – Transparent answer models and Rubrics

810.10 – Evaluate and ensure the Validity of your assessments

810.11 – Scoring, Grading and giving Feedback

810.12 – Learning from tests – Making testing more productive