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Welcome to our workshop on Assessment, Evaluation, and Curriculum Redesign. You should begin here in the "Explanation" section, which describes the CONCEPT. Then move to "Demonstration" and our other sections, where we move from CONCEPT TO CLASSROOM!

What is curriculum redesign?
Why have a workshop about assessment, evaluation, and curriculum redesign?
What is the range of assessments and evaluations that students and teachers face?
How does focusing on assessment, evaluation, and curriculum redesign differ from the traditional approach?
Another perspective

What is curriculum redesign?

Garnetta Chain is a third grade teacher in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She explains that encouraging reluctant learners in her classroom gives them a better opportunity to succeed.

This workshop is intended to help you rethink, and perhaps redesign, how you plan your classes. The first step is to determine what you want your students to learn, says our content expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs 1. Then you need to assess and evaluate your teaching strategies to determine if they truly support the kind of learning you are trying to achieve in your classroom.

This workshop is based on the idea that if you begin your curriculum planning by thinking clearly about the form of assessments you intend to use, you will be able to design more effective classes.


Assessment provides a way to measure students' demonstration of learning. It helps us answer the questions: "How much did they learn?" and "How well did they learn it?" and "How well did we teach it?"

Tim O'Keefe, a teacher at the Center for Inquiry Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, talks about the importance of student self-evaluation.

Evaluation is the process through which teachers judge the quality of work -- their own or their students'. There are two types of evaluative strategies: 1) Formative evaluations, which involve a continual stream of reflection and feedback, and allow the educator or student to continually adjust and improve their work while it's ongoing. 2) Traditionally, teachers have emphasized summative evaluations, where feedback is gathered only after instruction has been completed. Both strategies are necessary to provide for effective curriculum assessment and student education.

Assessment expert Grant Wiggins 2 differentiates between assessment and evaluation in this way: "When teachers ASSESS student performance, they're not placing value or judgement on it -- that's EVALUATING or grading. They're simply reporting a student's profile of achievement."



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