ED 589 Assessment- A Focus on Standards Based Grading

Adams State University CREDITS · 3 Semester Credits

CEUS for Teachers has partnered with Adams State University (ASU) to offer high-quality courses using the flexibility of online delivery. Participants must have a bachelor's degree to be eligible.

To take a Professional Development Course and earn ASU Credit:

  1. First register for the course below.
  2. Complete the course.
  3. Once you have successfully completed the course, you may then register for ASU graduate credit on their website. Directions for registration will be offered at the completion of the course.
  4. Students pay a seperate fee to ASU for the university credit ($55.00 per credit). 

Fee Breakdown:

  1. Class Fee - $175.00 to CEUS for Teachers
  2. Adams State University- $165.00 for 3 semester hours paid at the end of the course to ASU.
  3. Total Cost with Credit = $340.00 + textbook (student's responsibility to purchase).

After you have completed the course and applied for credit:

  • CEUS for teachers will send a grade report to ASU within 72 hours.
  • Once your record is finalized, ASU will mail a free official transcript within 5-7 days.
  • Additional copies may be ordered online by going to: http://www.studentclearinghouse.org/


This course is designed to introduce teachers to standards based assessment in the classroom. Teachers will learn to design rubrics that align with the objectives. The course is target for educators in the K-12 grade levels, including special education, administration, and instructional coaches.


  1. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  2. Design educational objectives using Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  3. Develop rubrics that measure desired outcomes and objectives.
  4. Define the fundamentals of standards based assessment and grading practices.
  5. Describe the role of homework.
  6. Develop a philosophy for homework and the assessment of homework.

Required Texts: Popham, W.J. (2014). Classroom assessment: What teachers need to know (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.


In order to receive a Passing grade, the participant must: 

1. Class Participation: Each student is expected to read assigned material, participate in online discussions for each lesson and activities related to course objectives.

2. Activities: A number of different learning activities will ensure participant engagement and learning in the course. These include:

  • Developing written summaries for assigned chapter readings.
  • Creating a PowerPoint on Bloom’s Taxonomy for parents or peers.
  • Analyzing articles and summaries for two articles provided by the instructor.
  • Creating 6 educational objectives for a unit that incorporate Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  • Develop a rubric for each of the 6 written objectives (6 total rubrics).

3. Journal Entry: The journal will require students to make a connection from the course theory and materials to the student’s own classroom practice.

4. Culminating Project: The final project will integrate the student’s learning of all lessons. The materials will be synthesized into a final project that illustrates how the content will be used in the teacher’s classroom. The student can choose which final project to complete. The student will complete one of the following options:

Develop a poster, presentation, or paper that describes the fundamentals of standards based assessment and grading practices.


Write a letter to parents or your students that describes the role of homework.


  • Participation (8 points)
  • Bloom's Presentation Assignment (5 points)
  • Objectives with Bloom's (6 points)
  • Rubric Design Assignment (12 points)
  • Journal (5 points)
  • Chapter Summaries (30 points)
  • Article Summaries (4 points)
  • Culminating Project (30 points)

Grade Scale:

  • A =  90- 100 points
  • B =  80-89 points
  • C = 70-79 points
  • D = 60-69 points
  • F = 59 and lower