EDUC 745 Assessment for Learning

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Tuition and Registration
EDUC 745 Fall 2017

What You Will Learn

Are you looking for ways to reduce the stress of your next teacher evaluation? Do you know how to conduct evidence-based assessment of student learning and use data to improve your teaching?

Learn how to set a SMART goal and student learning objective (SLO), continually monitor student progress, graph scores, interpret data and communicate results during team meetings or teacher evaluation conferences with your administrator.

Who Should Enroll

This course is designed for PK-12 classroom teachers, Title I and special education teachers, leadership study teams, reading specialists, and curriculum directors.


Assessment for instructional decision-making, historical perspectives, trends, current research, methods and purposes of assessing learners. Principles and appropriate techniques used in assessing learners. Applied practice in using formative assessment strategies to examine the effects of instruction on learning. Role of assessment of student learning in professional development planning.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university.


A free e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Butler, S. & McMunn, N. (2006). Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Assessment: Understanding and Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning, Jossey-Bass ISBN: 0-7879-7877-9 2006

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from or

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the purposes of assessment, including the historical, philosophical, legal, ethical, and social principles underpinning current assessment practices.

  2. Evaluate a wide range of assessment techniques (e.g., formative, summative, and standardized tests) to determine which assessment tools are appropriate for specific purposes.

  3. Analyze the effects of assessment practices on under-represented or diverse learners.

  4. Demonstrate how to locate, evaluate and select the most valid and reliable instruments to aid in instructional decision-making.

  5. Analyze the role assessments play in guiding classroom and district decisions regarding instructional planning, differentiation, curricular design, and curricular implementation.

  6. Develop a learner assessment plan intended to demonstrate the effect of instruction on learning in a field-based setting.

  7. Interpret assessment results to evaluate and articulate the effects of instruction on identified learner outcomes.

  8. Interpret assessment results to inform the instructor’s professional goals and development.Differentiate between various types of games and simulations and match with types of assessment techniques.

Alignment with Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:

  • Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 3, 6, 8
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standard 3
  • Wisconsin Standards for Administrator Development and Licensure (WI DPI): 3
  • International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers, (NETS-T): 2

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No travel to campus is required. Because this class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropboxopbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.

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Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693

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"This course was exactly what I needed to help me with our current district and individualized student goals."

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