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Preparing Students for the Common Core Assessments (K-12)/Flex Course


Are you ready to administer the new Common Core assessments in your classroom? This online course helps teachers understand the impact of the Common Core Assessments and how they influence teaching strategies, curriculum design, and non-summative assessment methods. The course also provides detailed information on important shifts from standardized testing to the new assessments that impact the way lessons are developed and taught. Teachers also gain important strategies for helping students prepare for the Common Core Assessments, including study and test-taking tips. A multitude of resources, including sample test items, are included as well to ensure the teacher has the tools and information necessary to prepare for the Common Core Assessments. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"This course had fabulous content and truly gave a solid overview of the CCSS, the two tests that will be given (as well as others that might be given), and an excellent introduction to formative assessment." - Christopher Forest


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $120 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Embedded Formative Assessment” by Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy


If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 47T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41535

Unit One

  • Introduction to the Common Core State Standards
  • Introduction to the Common Core State Standards Assessment for ELA and Mathematics
  • Understanding the Common Core State Standards
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • State-Approved Assessments
  • Shifting from Standardized Testing to the New Assessments
  • Interim and Mid-Year Assessment
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Building Students' Critical-Thinking Skills
  • Preparation Through Everyday Instruction
  • Developing an Action Plan for Formative Assessment
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Navigating the ELA Summative Assessments
  • Navigating the Math Summative Assessments
  • Alternate Assessments for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
  • Alternate Assessments for English Language Learners
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Assessment Tools for K-2
  • How Professional Learning Communities Can Help
  • New Technologies Used for Assessment
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Assessing Mastery Prior to Testing
  • Preparing Students for Testing
  • Preparing Students for Common Core Assessments—A Resource Guide
  • Assignment #4: Develop a summative assessment plan
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)