Course Description

How can you maximize your students’ achievement?

Where do you want your students to be at the end of your course or grade?

How will you know if they get there?


In this age of more rigorous standards and next generation assessments today’s educators and students are under more pressure to “perform” successfully. No longer can teachers really “teach to the test” since there is no longer a sample test that is all inclusive. Educators now must embed assessment strategies as thought they were preparing their students for a test like the ACT or SAT. That is a big challenge for most educators. It takes very intentional and deliberate planning by educators to ensure consistent, effective, and impactful.


It has been said that assessment is the single most effective instructional strategy to increase learning. For assessment to be meaningful it must be done thoughtfully and systematically.

Modules include:

  • Introduction: Beginning the Course
  • What is Authentic Assessment?
  • Purposes of Assessment
  • Types of Assessments
  • Testing What You’re Teaching without Teaching to the Test
  • An Objective Approach to Grading
  • Authentic Assessment in Action
  • Examples & Tools

Basic + and Custom level participants will have the opportunity to work with Tammy in learning how to design authentic assessments.

Participants will see how strategies for authentic assessment can easily be integrated into daily instruction to support maximizing students’ achievement.

PD Hours:

Upon successful completion of the Basic course, participants will get a certificate for 6 hours of PD credit.

Upon successful completion of the Basic+ course, participants will get a certificate for 12 hours of PD credit.

PD credit hours will be determined by the local district/school for the Custom course.

Lead Instructor

Tammy Jones

Meet Your Instructor An educator since 1979, Tammy L. Jones has worked with students from first grade through college. Currently, Tammy is consulting with individual school districts in training teachers on strategies for making content accessible to all learners. Writing integrations as well as literacy connections are foundational in everything Tammy does. Tammy also works with teachers on effective techniques for being successful in the classroom. As a classroom teacher Tammy’s goal was that all students understand and appreciate the content they were studying; that they could read it, write it, explore it, and communicate it with confidence; and that they would be able to use the content as they need to in their lives. Tammy believes that logical reasoning, followed by a well-reasoned presentation of results, is central to the process of learning, and that this learning happens most effectively in a cooperative, student-centered classroom. Tammy believes that learning is experiential and in her current consulting work creates and shares engaging and effective educational experiences.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction: Beginning the Course

    • Beginning the Course

  • 2

    What is Authentic Assessment?

    • Authentic Assessment

  • 3

    Purposes of Assessment

    • The Purposes of Assessment

  • 4

    Types of Assessments

    • Assessment Types

  • 5

    Testing What You’re Teaching without Teaching to the Test

    • Assessing Student' Learning and Performance

  • 6

    An Objective Approach to Grading

    • To Grade or Not to That the Question?

  • 7

    Authentic Assessment in Action

    • A Realistic Look at Authentic Assessment in the Classroom

  • 8

    Examples & Tools

    • Resources for Both Teacher & Student

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