Assessment Learning Modules


Online, Self-Paced Learning Modules

The Assessment Learning Modules are aligned to Assessment Literacy Standards (endorsed by the Michigan State Board of Education in May of 2016) that are the core of all MAC professional learning opportunities.  We developed the Assessment Literacy Standards to inform educators about sound assessment policy, support credentialing  opportunities and inform public policy.

Nationally known assessment experts Ed Roeber, Ellen Vorenkamp, and Carol Commodore developed the 8-module series, which also includes ideas and support from Rick Stiggins, Margaret Heritage, Susan Brookhart, Carol Commodore, Ken O’ Conner, Jim Gullen, and James Popham. Editing was done by Nancy Fahner, an educational consultant skilled in professional development and collaborative learning.

Each module provides an opportunity for engagement, reflection and access to tools and other resources that can continue to support educators’ professional learning.

Browse the module overviews and a selection of resources below, or visit Michigan Virtual’s Professional Learning Portal to register.

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Assessment Learning Module Series

The foundational modules can be accessed individually or as a series, and can result in a Certificate of Completion per module or as a series.

21st Century Assessment Systems

The foundational module, Assessment Systems That Support 21st. Century Learners, describes the higher order, complex thinking skills that today’s students need to be successful, as well as the implications the skills have for assessment, teaching and learning. You will also learn about the conditions necessary for balanced assessment systems and the leadership actions and stakeholder involvement needed to support them.

You will also become familiar with the Assessment Literacy Standards that serve as the core of the module. Upon completion of the module, you will be able to identify 21st century learning skills and describe their impact on assessment, teaching and learning practices, describe necessary conditions for balanced assessment systems and provide specific, concrete actions leadership and other stakeholders can take to support quality, balanced assessment systems.

Price: $45
Credit Hours: 3
Credit Type: SCECH

Understanding the Formative Assessment Process

This foundational module, The Formative Assessment Process describes how educators use formative assessment strategies within the instructional cycle. You will become familiar with the Assessment Literacy Standards that serve as the core of the module.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to explain the five components of formative assessment, how to use the formative assessment process effectively, the importance of timely, formative feedback, and how professional learning and administrative support can enhance the learning process.

Price: $60
Credit Hours: 4
Credit Type: SCECH

Developing Appropriate Assessments

This foundational module, Developing Appropriate Assessment provides an overview of the assessment development process for the practitioner. You will become familiar with the Assessment Literacy Standards that serve as the core of the module.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to explain the five keys to quality assessments, the purpose of a test blueprint and how to create one, and how to match targets with various methods of assessment.

Price: $60
Credit Hours: 4
Credit Type: SCECH

Selecting Appropriate Assessments

This foundational module, Selecting Appropriate Assessments, provides guidelines you can use to select sound assessments. You will become familiar with the Assessment Literacy Standards that serve as the core of the module.

Upon completion of the module, you will be familiar with criteria for selecting assessments, how to determining rigor in assessments, and specific responsibilities and available resources to support the selection process.

Price: $45
Credit Hours: 3
Credit Type: SCECH

Developing a High Quality Balanced Assessment System 

This foundation module, Developing a High Quality Balanced Assessment System describes the components of a balanced assessment system including assessment for and of learning. You will become familiar with the Assessment Literacy Standards that serve as the core of the module.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to identify various uses and users of assessment, distinguish among summative, interim and formative assessments and begin the development of a balanced assessment plan.

Price: $45
Credit Hours: 3
Credit Type: SCECH

Making Meaning from Student Assessments

This foundational module, Making Meaning from Student Assessments provides knowledge of six key concepts that are essential in translating student assessment evidence in ways that are useful to students, teachers, administrators, parents and other necessary parties. The concepts include success criteria, rubrics, exemplars, scoring procedures, student self and peer assessment, scoring procedures and formative feedback.

Price: $45
Credit Hours: 3
Credit Type: SCECH

Understanding the Technical Concepts Used in Student Assessment

This foundational module, Understanding the Technical Concepts Used in Student Assessment describes in simplified language some important qualities of technically sound assessments and assessment strategies.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to identify how technical concepts contribute to accurate information, make better choices of assessment use, and communicate more accurately about assessments and assessment results.

Price: $60
Credit Hours: 4
Credit Type: SCECH

Using Assessment Data Well

The foundational module, Using Assessment Data Well, provides a set of beliefs or guidelines for consideration that drive quality assessment systems. You will become familiar with eight considerations for building a data culture, and how to strategically determine what data to collect for what uses, and how to best communicate data results to the appropriate users. You will also become familiar with the Assessment Literacy Standards that serve as the core of the module.

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to identify quality assessment beliefs or guidelines that are necessary to support all learners, understand and describe the components, processes, and systems that contribute to a strong data culture, and understand how to use and communicate data results to improve student learning and strengthen educational programs in school systems.

Price: $45
Credit Hours: 3
Credit Type: SCECH