Contemporary teachers design their students’ learning experiences based upon knowing each and every learner in their classroom through formative and summative assessments. CU Denver’s online Master of Arts in Research and Evaluation Methods with a concentration in Assessment provides an opportunity for anyone in schools to develop expertise and skills to conduct an assessment to better inform educational practice.
As a student in this program, you’ll be encouraged to focus your creativity, imagination, and intelligence on real-world challenges impacting learning environments, basing your recommendations and decisions on research findings and assessments. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding about assessment practices including development, evaluation, administration, and analysis. You'll address issues in both classroom and large-scale assessment and focus on varied forms of assessment, such as portfolios and formative assessments. You also may specialize in a content area like literacy or mathematics.
You’ll learn to solve important assessment questions by:
- Critically analyzing various types of assessments
- Creating your own formative and summative assessments
- Learning how to analyze assessment data using qualitative and quantitative methods
- Developing research and evaluation projects to address topics in educational assessment
Keeping with the school’s mission, your assessment courses will incorporate multiple perspectives, themes of equity and social justice, a focus on the needs and experiences of diverse children and youth, and implications for leadership around assessment themes in today's schools.
Our faculty and alumni provide leadership and consultation to school districts, the State of Colorado, the nation and the international community by helping institutions solve important assessment questions that inform teaching-learning processes, student achievement and educational policy.