Certificate in Assessment

What is a Certificate in Assessment

The Assessment Certificate provides the content and skills necessary for the education professional to lead or implement a classroom, school, or district based assessment program to monitor and intervene in student learning. The certificate includes twelve hours. Required courses are EDFN 507 Understanding Statistical Research for Classroom Professionals, EDFN 530 Educational Tests and Measurements, EDFN 646 Educational Assessment, and EDFN 504 Action Research.

Why Should I be Interested in a Certificate in Assessment?

The certificate program includes understanding of how to measure and report student growth; how to write and interpret tests and other assessments; how to use test data to drive instruction; and application in the classroom and school. Education professionals and leaders will benefit from being aware, prepared, and trained to effectively create and use classroom and school-level assessments and to create and demonstrate effectiveness in enhancing instructional outcomes at all levels of formal instruction. In addition, should you want to pursue a Master’s of Education, Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century, all of your courses will be automatically applied.

What skills will I learn?

The participant will be able to:

  • Identify and select appropriate assessment procedures for individual students, classrooms, schools, and districts based on appropriate domains of human growth and development;
  • Avoid ethical and legal obstacles to the collection and use of student performance and achievement data;
  • Design effective tests in the content areas to measure student growth in short-cycle instructional sequences;
  • Design multiple forms of criterion tests, controlling for item difficulty;
  • Monitor the relationship between reading level, test item difficulty, and variance in criterion tests;
  • Analyze test data and use the results of tests to provide individual and group interventions at the classroom and school levels associated to curriculum scope and sequence and overall district and state benchmark scores.
  • Implement a facilitated classroom or school improvement research project designed around a local practice problem.

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • Student-authored assessments
  • Analysis of problems focused on authentic classroom and school/district test data
  • Case Studies developed by each participant from his/her classroom, school, and/or district test data

When Are the Courses Offered?

Courses are conveniently offered in a Hybrid or Online format. For a complete listing of graduate programs and for a location near you visit us online at www.ashland.edu/graduate

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