Teaching For Understanding: Ongoing Assessment

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This course is designed for educators who have begun to understand the importance of Teaching For Understanding (TFU) and have designed a unit of instruction following the TFU framework. The main goal of this course is examining and creating the ongoing assessment portion of the framework in order to adjust assessment so it is now a means of furthering student understanding.

At the end of this course students will:
  • Understand the importance of teaching for understanding.
  • Understand the importance of embedding assessment into their teaching unit.
  • Understand that establishing criteria for their assessments is the first step in creating understanding focused assessments.
  • Understand the importance of feedback and its role in student learning and understanding.


As educators we must focus on student learning in order to assure our students have gained understanding of the content we teach. Please watch the following video paying close attention to the importance of understanding for students. Focus your attention on the discussion of the relationship between assessment and understanding. Once you have viewed the movie please return here and address the questions in the discussion area.(20 minutes)

Video: Teaching Teaching & Understanding Understanding

Please take some time and write your responses to these questions. Reflect on your current practices and what you have learned so far about understanding. Focus on how you are assessing your students.

1. How do your students know what is expected of them when they are working on an assignment for your class?

2. Do the methods of assesment you use provide your students an opportunity to learn from the assessment?

3. How do you know that your students have come to understand the content that you teach?


Read your reflections and then answer the next question.

4. What have you learned about the way you assess and what it means to your students?

Please click on the link below to learn more about Ongoing Assessment

Ongoing Assessment