Dr. Jon Mueller
Office: WSC 118
Hours: 12:00-12:30 MTWR
Phone: (630) 637-5329
I. Required Reading:
Text: Mueller Authentic Assessment Toolbox
Articles: See Schedule page
This course is designed to foster the essential link between learning and assessment. Emerging theory on performance-based assessment, brain research, and curriculum-aligned assessment will be explored to better understand the fundamental nature of assessment. Students will be engaged in a systematic study of different methods of performance-based and traditional assessment. Teachers as leaders will examine ways to implement effective assessment practices throughout the school community.
III. Course standards:
1) write substantial standards that describe meaningful learning for your students;
2) identify and design authentic assessments that align with your standards;
3) identify appropriate criteria for the authentic assessments you select;
4) construct effective scoring/grading rubrics for the authentic assessments you select;
5) construct formative assessments that align with summative assessments and instruction;
6) identify and develop links between authentic assessments, your instruction, and student learning.
Additionally, regarding traditional assessments, you should be able to
7) construct selected-response items and tests that yield reliable and valid inferences;
8) identify appropriate uses for selected-response items and tests.
Finally, you should be able to
9) converse fluently about authentic and traditional assessments;
10) develop a meaningful and coherent blend of traditional and authentic assessments.
IV. National Board Certified Teacher Standards Alignment:
N3.3 Instructional leader know how to assess the progress of individual students as well as the class as a whole.
N3.4 Instructional leader uses multiple methods for measuring student growth and understanding, and can clearly explain student performance to students.
N4.3 Instructional leader critically examines his/her practice on a regular basis to deepen knowledge, expand repertoire of skills, and incorporate new findings into practice.
V. Summary of Course Assignments and Requirements:
Final Project -- 67% -- 300 points -- see Assignments page for more details and the project rubric
Exams (2) -- 22% -- 50 points each -- see Assignments page for more details
Critiques (2) -- 11% -- 25 points each -- see Assignments page for more details and the critique rubrics
Thus, there will be a total of 450 points that can be accumulated.
|A = 90%||405 pts. and above||Excellent Performance|
|B = 80%||360 pts. and above||Good Performance|
|C = 70%||315 pts. and above||Acceptable Performance|
|F = <70%||under 315 pts.||Unacceptable Performance|