Assessment as a Tool

Diagnostic and formative assessments may be the most useful tools for educators once the school year begins in the fall. Their findings will help to identify where each student might be struggling due to the unexpected health crisis that forced school buildings to close and provide the necessary information to help educators respond to specific learning gaps by targeting interventions and instructional approaches. View the array of research-based practical programs ELT offers to assist educators on this topic.

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Online Seminars for CTLE

Advanced Assessment Strategies (10 hours) - Participants will explore strategies to diversify and provide choice among assessments (including group/team assessments) that are aligned with outcomes and State Standards.

Equitable Assessment: Implications for Instruction of English Learners (5 hours) - This online seminar will guide participants through understanding the critical role both formative and summative assessments play and exploring practical assessment strategies for validly measuring English learners’ knowledge in various content and grade-level classrooms.

Fundamentals of Assessment (10 hours) - This seminar examines the fundamentals of planning and designing both formative and summative assessments that are congruent with instructional outcomes. Participants will design new and improve existing assessments (aligned with outcomes and State Standards) to use with their students.

Helping English Learners Succeed with a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) Framework (5 hours) – MTSS offers a prevention approach rather that a "wait to fail" method and provides appropriate and responsive instruction for multilingual learners with and without disabilities in schools. In this seminar, you will look at how MTSS offers a tiered system of culturally-sustaining instructional practices, data-informed problem solving and academic and linguistic progress monitoring to address the needs of all learners.

Instruction in Assessment (10 hours) - Participants will gain extensive experience with monitoring and adjusting student learning, providing feedback to students, and facilitating student self-assessment and progress monitoring. This seminar also explores uses for authentic and performance assessment as well as increased uses of formative assessment (aligned with outcomes and State Standards).

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Online and Site-Based Courses for Graduate Credit

Assessment for and of Student Learning (UNY 808) - This course is designed for all educators, both general and special as well as related service providers, at all grade levels.

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In-Person and Virtual Synchronous Seminars

Assessments to Identify Gaps - Participants will discuss uses of formative assessments to identify gaps and make adjustments that provide various access points for students (1 hour)

Assessments to Inform, Pace, and Guide - Participants discuss the use of diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments to inform, plan, pace, and guide their instruction. (1 hour)

Designing and Differentiating Assessments - Participants will discuss providing multiple opportunities for students to showcase abilities and differentiating assessment methodologies. (1 hour)

Designing Assessment to Monitor Student Progress toward Instructional Goals - In this session, teachers will discuss how they assess learning experiences that they create or coordinate, tracking what students do and do not learn while evaluating the effectiveness of their instructional strategies. (1 hour)

Looking at Student Work - In this session, teachers will closely examine student work samples for patterns and trends among their assessment practice (1 hour)

Self-Assessment for Student Learning - This seminar engages participants in discussing and exploring ways to engage students in self-assessment to be reflective of their experiences and foster a sense of student agency. (1 hour)

Thinking Systematically about Student Practice - Monitoring student progress is not limited to formative/summative assessments, it is also observing students work in the classroom as they process an idea or concept while working toward understanding. These observations inform the accomplished teacher’s planning and preparation of assessments, as well as lesson structures. (1 hour)

Understanding English Language Learners - As a teacher, what can you do with students in your class who are learning English? How can you help them succeed? This seminar focuses on understanding the stages of verbal acquisition and identifying variables that influence the language acquisition process for ELLs. Strategies that have been shown to successfully engage ELLs are examined and instructional and assessment accommodations are demonstrated. (3 hour)

Understanding the Role of Formative Assessment – Participants will learn how to evaluate assessment items for depth of knowledge, classify questions to their level of rigor and write assessment questions for different levels of rigor. (3 hour)