Assessment in the Differentiated Classroom

Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom (1-5 Days)

"How do we assess and grade student work in a differentiated classroom?" "How can we be responsive to diverse learner needs and at the same time maintain curricular standards?" These are questions that disturb many teachers as they develop and integrate skills in differentiating instruction.

In this interactive workshop, we will address the subject of how we assess and evaluate student learning consistently, equitably and positively in the differentiated classroom to enhance student learning. This will be accomplished by reviewing what aspects of the curriculum can and cannot be differentiated; and what students need to know about formative assessment. Participants will review principles of high quality assessments and also address the issues that many teachers feel conflicted about: grading and reporting in a differentiated classroom.

Using a "Double Track" curriculum of theory embedded in skills, teachers will have first hand experience in collaborative assessment of student work, and find many practical strategies that can readily be transferred to their own settings.

  • Participants will:
    • Know what can and cannot be differentiated in terms of assessment.
    • Understand the difference between assessment and grading.
    • Engage in collaborative assessment and explore the use of a rubric.
    • Understand how to construct a performance assessment.
    • Engage in a learning experience that will require them to assess dissimilar products using a common rubric.
    • Understand the difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning.
    • Know what the research suggests are the best practices in grading.

This workshop is appropriate for teachers in KG through Grade 12

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