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Classroom Assessment Certificate

The certificate is designed for educators such as teachers, administrators, coaches, program leaders, and curriculum leaders, who desire to learn how to develop, select, use, administer, and interpret educational assessments. The goal of this certificate is for participants to become well-informed assessment designers and developers, critical assessment consumers, assessment evaluators, and advocators of reliable, valid and fair assessments for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

The learning goals of the three‐course certificate are:

  • Develop quality assessments, which provide reliable and valid information for making instructional decisions at the classroom and at the school level.
  • Become aware of the role of classroom assessment in the context of high‐stakes testing and how it can help to maximize student learning and achievement.
  • Become critical users of assessment instruments and assessment information.
  • Become users, developers, and advocates of assessments, which are fair, reliable, and valid for diverse populations.

Certificate Structure

The certificate is designed as a three‐course sequence. Each course is designed to provide knowledge and skills that are considered building blocks for the next courses. The three courses are designed around four ideas, which are spiraled in the courses and allow participants to achieve the learning goals: assessment development, evaluation of assessments (validity, reliability, and fairness), consumers of assessments (selection of assessments and interpretation of large‐scale assessment data), and issues of validity, reliability, bias, and fairness of assessments for diverse populations.

The certificate consists of three courses, totaling 9 credit hours, and may be earned in one year. The courses must be taken in the order listed below. Courses may be taken individually or as part of an assessment certificate.

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All courses are three graduate credit hours. Tuition is $373/credit, plus student fees.

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Courses Term Offered

RSEM 5600: Issues in Assessment Development

This course focuses on understanding the purpose, design and development process for large scale and classroom assessments. Item development will be emphasized including defining the knowledge and skills to be assessed; the nature of the task to be used to gather the information to reach specific knowledge and skills; and issues about reliability, validity, and fairness for classroom and large‐scale purposes. Issues of access and test bias will also be introduced to ensure appropriate inclusion for English language learners.


RSEM 5610: Formative and Summative Assessment in the classroom

This course focuses on assessment development in the context of a unit or module that will be implemented in classrooms or schools. Alignment of the curriculum and assessments will be introduced using a curriculum mapping process that will aid participants in creating valid, reliable and fair end of unit assessments. Considerations for appropriate assessment of English language learners will be emphasized.


RSEM 5620: Analyzing, Using, and Reporting Assessment Results

This course focuses on developing knowledge and skills for analyzing, using, and reporting assessment results, assessment of language proficiency and academic achievement of English language learners (ELLs), and learning and achievement in the context of accountability systems. Critical issues that K‐12 practitioners should know about large‐scale assessments will also be discussed.


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