Did you know research has demonstrated that high quality assessment for learning has a significant impact on student learning and motivation, representing a positive strategy for closing achievement gaps?  

Did you know that learning targets (also known as learning outcomes, learning objectives, standards, expectations, etc.) form the foundation of teaching and assessment in adult basic education? Nevertheless, learning targets are sometimes worded in such a way that they are unclear, unnecessarily complex, or open to interpretation.

Do you know which assessment methods are and are not appropriate for each of the five types of learning targets?

Join us for upcoming formative assessment trainings hosted at Cambridge Community Learning Center and Quinsigamond Community College.


Formative Assessment Training #1: Assessment for and of Learning

- January 29th in Worcester: http://sabes.org/event/712


Formative Assessment Training #2: Learning Targets for ABE students

- January 13th in Cambridge: http://sabes.org/event/707

- February 12th in Worcester: http://sabes.org/event/714


Formative Assessment Training #3: Sound Assessment Design

- February 24th in Cambridge: http://sabes.org/event/708

- March 11th in Worcester: http://sabes.org/event/715


Formative Assessment Training #4: Developing & Using Extended Written Response Assessments with ABE Students (online course)

- Begins January 20th: http://sabes.org/event/839 


In the first training, Formative Assessment Training #1: Assessment for and of Learning, participants will learn to differentiate between assessments, identify uses and users, and critique their own practice. 

In the second training, Formative Assessment Training #2: Learning Targets for ABE students, participants will learn to classify all learning targets into one of five target types and break them down as necessary to facilitate teaching and assessment. This workshop will also focus on how to make learning targets clear to learners and how to use targets to involve learners in the assessment process and in directing their own learning.

In the third training, Formative Assessment Training #3: Sound Assessment Design, participants will learn which assessment methods are and are not appropriate for each of the five types of learning targets. They will also analyze assessments to determine if their learning targets match the assessment method(s) used. Further, participants will practice developing assessment plans, or blueprints, by defining the importance, depth, and breadth of the learning targets being assessed, as well as plan for how to involve adult learners in assessment planning and development.

It is expected that participants signing up for Formative Assessment Training #4: Developing and Using Extended Written Response Assessments with ABE Students (online course) have taken the first three formative assessment trainings offered by the SABES PD Center for Assessment. Anyone who has not completed these trainings, yet interested in signing up for this online course, should contact Joan Ford to talk more about your formative assessment experience.

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