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Assessment in Teaching

This is an introduction to the theoretical and practical issues of classroom assessment. Participants develop competence in selecting and using appropriate and educationally sound assessments. They compare and analyze different forms of authentic and standardized assessment (including the MCAS and MCET exams); gain practice in evaluating and responding to student work; compare and design rubrics and rating scales; consider the premises and effects of high-stakes testing; and develop assignments and assessment tasks. The focus throughout is on assessment strategies that enhance the learning of all students and that make creative use of the cultural diversity that characterizes urban classrooms.

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