- Evaluating and supporting educators
- Transitioning curriculum and instruction
This presentation describes the development of an online professional learning module to support educators with delivering assessments aligned to the CCSS. We will share the processes used to develop the Assessment Literacy module and introduce it in its current state. Content will include overcoming the challenges e.g., distilling information to the essentials, addressing abstract, technical measurement concepts in comprehensible ways, and meeting the diverse needs of educators in a wide variety of communities (isolated rural to densely populated inner city urban); and knowledge levels (novice to expert) -- all within the constraints dictated by funding and timelines.
Today’s teachers and instructional leaders need support in meeting the continual changes brought about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Twenty-first century instruction and learning, and the growing diversity of the student population. The Assessment Literacy module is one of a series of professional learning modules for teachers and site leaders developed under the auspices of the California Department of Education (CDE) in the effort to transition to the CCSS. The modules are designed to flexibly accommodate on-site group facilitation as well as Web-based individual learning and provide opportunities for learners to engage in a continuous cycle of self-reflection, inquiry, and professional conversations. They are aligned with the National Staff Development Council’s Standards for Professional Learning and California Standards for the Teaching Professions. The Assessment Literacy module includes support for teachers in differentiating classroom assessment of diverse students including students with disabilities, English learners, and underperforming and high performing students.
As a result of attending this presentation, participants will be introduced to the online Assessment Literacy products developed to date; learn about our processes for developing online professional development; and take away resources for developing assessment literacy of teachers and instructional leaders.