EDCT 5595 - Assessment: A Focus on Standards Based Grading

Seattle Pacific University CREDITS · 3 Semester Credits - 5 Quarter

CEUS for Teachers has partnered with Seattle Pacific Univesity 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 SPU Credit:

  1. First register for the course below.
  2. Complete the course.
  3. Students pay one total fee to Seattle Pacific University.

After you have completed the course:

  • CEUS for teachers will send a grade report to SPU within 72 hours.
  • Seattle Pacific University will mail an official transcript upon request. Contact SPU Student Academic Services website to learn how to access an unofficial transcript or request an official transcript. There is a $5 fee for each official transcript, payable at the time it is ordered.


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

Great course, prompt feedback, applicable material

The course was filled with relevant and applicable material that I was able to implement the next day into my classroom. Many of the assignments made me reflect on my current teaching practices and make minor revisions to improve my classroom. Lori gave me prompt and detailed feedback and individualized the course when applicable. I would definitely take another class with her.
— by Theresa Clark


Seattle Pacific University- Refund Policy:

  • Withdrawal requests submitted within 3 days of the course start date will receive a 100% refund.
  • Withdrawal requests submitted within 21 days of the course start date will receive a 95 percent refund.
  • No refunds will be given after 21 days, and no withdrawals will be accepted after the end date of the course.