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Assessment and the Common Core State Standards


Course Description

Using a Common Core State Standards-based assessment and grading approach, Dr. Kay Burke teaches a comprehensive course on the critical role that assessments play in today’s classrooms, both formative and summative. Dr. Burke promotes the use of performance-based tasks that make real-life connections and explains how to use rubrics to assess the critical skills and understanding that the tasks target. In the course, you’ll see Dr. Burke working with teams of teachers to plan instruction, create common assessments, and implement them in real classroom settings.


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Course Presenters

Kay Burke

Kay Burke works with her colleagues at Kay Burke & Associates to present professional development workshops for teachers and administrators on standards-based teaching and learning, formative assessment, and classroom management. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University, her master’s degree from the University of Central Florida, her educational specialist degree from Emory University, her PhD from Georgia State University, and her administration certification from the University of Georgia. Kay served as award-winning English teacher, department chairperson, dean of students, mentor, and administrator in Florida and Georgia for twenty years. She also was the director of the field-based master’s program sponsored by the International Renewal Institute (IRI/Skylight) and Saint Xavier University in Illinois. Since 1990, Kay has designed and conducted professional development workshops and presented at conferences of the National Staff Development Council, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Solution Tree, and the International Reading Association, as well as international conferences in Canada and Australia.


Partner Profile

Solution Tree delivers comprehensive professional development to schools and districts around the world. Solution Tree has empowered K–12 educators to raise student achievement through a wide range of services and products including educator conferences, customized district solutions for long-term professional development, books, videos, and online courses. Last year, more than 25,000 educators attended Solution Tree events on professional learning communities, RTI, assessment, and other topics.

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