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Assessment 101: Practical Steps to Better Assessment Practices
Presented by: Tim Coates
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Central Alberta Regional Consortium 8 Page Avenue, Red Deer, AB
About the Session:

In the absence of good assessment practices, even the best curriculum and instruction is diminished. For this and other reasons assessment cannot be treated as an afterthought, but rather as a key element of an overall teaching strategy.

“Assessment 101” is designed to provide practical strategies and approaches to making the best quality assessment instruments. The series will include discussion on how to most effectively use information gathered through assessing, to provide achievement information to students, parents, and other audiences. This session emphasizes the “practical” rather than the “theoretical” so that participants take home with them some tangible means to affect change in how they asses on a day-to-day basis.

Participants are encouraged to discuss their assessment issues related to topics addressed and how such issues may be best resolved.

Some of the topics that may be addressed are:

  • Assessing for the big ideas
  • Applying the principles of fair assessment
  • Constructing rubrics and other scoring methods
  • Making high quality multiple choice and other selected-response items
  • Crafting appropriate constructed responses and performance assessments
  • Providing effective exemplars of student work
About the Presenter(s):
Tim Coates

After a number of years in the classroom, Tim Coates was seconded to Alberta Education as a Diploma Examination Manager; first for Social Studies 33, and later for Social Studies 30. From 2005 until 2014 Tim served as the Director of the Diploma Examination Program Branch.

Currently Tim is both a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta-teaching a course in classroom assessment-and an education consultant providing sessions and workshops on various assessment related topics.

Tim has offered many professional development presentations throughout Alberta and on several occasions in the United States. Tim’s educational interests and expertise focus on matters regarding the relationship among assessment, programs of studies outcomes, and instructional practices. He has special interest in working with teachers and school authorities on how to maximize the quality of assessment practices, how to minimize assessment error, ensure an appropriate application of standards, and establish the most appropriate means to report assessment results to multiple assessment “audiences.”

In his spare time, Tim raises a small flock of free-range chickens, and has been known to bring along a dozen eggs to sessions, as a prize for a lucky participant.

Cancellation Policy:
Request for cancellation or refund must be received in writing (fax/email) at the CARC office a minimum of 3 FULL business days prior to the event start, or registration fees will apply and refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend a session and unable to provide three FULL business days’ notice, please feel free to delegate an alternate to attend in your place. Cancellation notices should be sent to npenney@carcpd.ab.ca.
Registration Deadline: November 23, 2017
Cost: $35.00
Focus(es): Assessment
Grade Level(s): K-12
Audience: Teachers