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EDUC-265 Educational Assessment – Course Information

Participants will explore the world of measurement, evaluation, and student performance as it aligns to instruction and curriculum. Participants will examine the role that validity, reliability, test bias, and item construction play in ensuring a good and meaningful assessment instrument and will become familiar with the concept of a formal testing program, which encompasses state and local mandated assessments. This course will look at the federal No Child Left Behind initiative and its impact on Maryland Public Schools. This course meets the Maryland State Department of Education Assessment of Students requirement for an initial certificate in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education. This course also meets the MSDE Assessment, Diagnosis, and Prescriptive Techniques requirement for an initial certificate in Generic Special Education Infant/Primary, Generic Special Education Elementary/Middle, and Generic Special Education Secondary/Adult.

Credits              3
Prerequisites    None
Instructor         Julian Karz
Phone                (410) 313-6755 (Office) - Voice Mail extension 528
                        (410) 442-2285 (Home) - Please do not call before 10 a.m. or after 9:30 p.m.

Course Objectives

1. Analyze the historical development of assessment and current accountability practices as it relates to today’s classroom.
2. Evaluate how Race to the Top will change the focus of educational measurement and assessment.
3. Analyze the guiding principles of No Child Left Behind (current ESEA mandate) and its alignment of assessment practices with current educational principles.
4. Design teaching techniques to prepare students for Common Core Standards and PARCC assessments.
5. Measure the importance of providing multi-formatted assessments that allow for the similarities and differences in human development
6. Illustrate the ability to produce valid and reliable assessments that measure curriculum and content being taught.
7. Construct high quality classroom assessments that prepare students for PARCC assessments and Common Core Standards.
8. Critically evaluate classroom assessments to ensure diversity and freedom from item bias.
7. Formulate effective approaches to instruction based on an understanding of the learning process.
9. Critically evaluate published tests to determine their benefit to the classroom and student populations by using Mental Measurement Yearbook.
11. Critically examine correlations to identify assessments that measure similar course content..
12. Construct a working understanding of the measures of central tendency as it relates to classroom instruction.

Major Course Topics

  • High Stakes Testing
  • Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Purpose of Testing
  • Measuring Learning Objectives
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Constructed Response
  • Selected Response
  • Performance-Based Assessment
  • Teacher Item Analysis
  • Marks and Marking Systems
  • Simple Statistics
  • Common Core and PARCC
  • Variance and Correlation
  • Standard Error of Measure
  • Standardized Tests

Course Format

This course format includes but is not limited to the following:

  • There is a lot of material to cover this semester. The key to success is to keep up and submit your work on time. Therefore, this course is not self-paced as an assignment is due every week. Assignments may be submitted early.
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • Does require threaded discussions online.
  • The communication in the class will take place through Canvas emails, online discussions, and announcements posted on Canvas.
  • The course material is sequential.
  • There is a specific timeline for the completion of each assignment in this class.
  • By electing to take this class online, you are assuming responsibility for your own learning complete assignments in order to learn the course material.
  • This class does not require on-campus meetings.
  • Exams may be required to be completed in the HCC Test Center.


This course does not have a face-to-face orientation.  There is a required orientation that you will complete online.

Course Requirements

  • Review the “Frequently Asked Question” section of the eLearning Homepage.
  • Online Discussions
  • Research Paper
  • Performance Assessment Project
  • Common Core Curriculum Review
  • Assessment Types Evaluation
  • Test Construction

Texts and Materials

Textbook information

Kubiszyn & Botich (2013) Educational Testing & Measurement, Classroom Application and Practice, 10th Edition, Wiley / Jossey- Bass Education  (It is suggested that the student purchases  10th  Editions, as earlier versions are missing newly added material and chapters)

To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Information link. 

The following technical items and plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.  
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don't have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Word Viewer, if you don't have the full version of Microsoft Word
  • Windows Media Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Flash
  • Quick Time
  • Real Player

If you have questions about this class, send a message to

Julian Katz,

Updated 12-May-14

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