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Language-Rich Assessment MOOCs

Starting in fall of 2020, we offer a set of free online courses sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation to help educators use innovative assessment practices – instructionally-focused formative assessment and curriculum-embedded performance assessments for deeper learning. The MOOCs focuses on instructional improvement and student learning related to both the academic standards and the English Language Proficiency standards. Participants can develop competencies in two strands:  

Strand A – Formative Assessment: Focus on Student Language

  1. Constructive Classroom Conversation (Begin in early October, 2016)

Participants will develop a practical understanding of classroom conversations, listening closely to student-to-student discourse and using a conversation analysis tool to inform future instruction.

  1. Learning as Evidence: Improving Argumentation through Formative Assessment Practice (Begin in Winter, 2017)

Participants will use a range of practical tools for gathering and analyzing language samples that show how students currently construct claims supported by evidence and/or resoning.









Strand B – Building and Using Performance Assessments

  1. Designing for Deeper Learning: How to Develop Performance Tasks (Begin in early October, 2016)

Build educators’ capacities to understand and develop performance assessments that consider language and fit local contexts.

  1. Designing for Deeper Learning: How to Implement and Improve Performance Tasks (Begin in Winter 2017)

Build educators’ capacities to select, adapt, implement, and improve performance assessments that consider langugae and fit local contexts.







Find more information here.

If you have any questions, please contact Hsiaolin Hsieh (