Standards-Based Content

Standards-based Instruction, Assessment, and Reporting Training Resources


by Dr. Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst, connect2learningJuly 2019

The following online course materials are provided through a contract between connect2learning and the Hawaii DOE for use within the Hawaii DOE.

  1. Building an Assessment Plan (6 modules – 5 hours of learning time)
  2. Assessment and Leadership (3 modules – 2 hours of learning time)
  3. Grading, Reporting and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms (Introduction plus four modules – 5 hours of learning time)
  4. A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High School (Introduction plus four modules – 5 hours of learning time)

Although individuals could use these resources, it is designed for use by facilitators to supporting teachers, school leaders, and district leadership. The modules may be used in sequence or by sections focusing on the audience's needs. The course materials may not be distributed and used for non-Hawaii DOE purposes.

Course Descriptions

Building an Assessment Plan (6 modules – approximately 5 hours of learning time)

This course materials focuses on the elements of comprehensive classroom assessment and provides an opportunity to identify the learning destination (e.g. Learning outcomes, expectations, standards, competencies, concepts), consider reliable and valid evidence of learning, begin to define quality and proficiency and plan ways to help students understand them, as well as preparing a description of achievement (a one-point rubric) to guide evaluation, grading and reporting. These six modules will help build a practical and doable assessment plan for any subject area, grade level, or course. There are step-by-step directions and lots of examples to guide the work. Also, there are a collection of short videos responding to the FAQ’s teachers have been asking about standards-based grading and reporting.

Assessment and Leadership (3 modules – approximately 2 hours of learning time)

These course materials analyze the findings of a longitudinal research study and provide ideas for implementation. In each module, Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst summarize research findings, detail the actions that research shows will support instructional leaders, and give examples of this work with educational leaders. Each module includes video, text excerpts, ways to take action and extend one’s learning. There are explicit directions for facilitators.

Grading, Reporting and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms (Introduction plus four modules – approximately 5 hours of learning time)

The purpose of these course materials is to support system, school, and teacher leaders as they work in support of their elementary colleagues learning in the area of standards-based instruction, assessment, and reporting. A fundamental way to support classroom teachers to engage in standards-based instruction, assessment, evaluation, and reporting is to prepare for teaching and learning, to engage students in the classroom assessment process, and to be prepared to evaluate and report progress to others. This learning experience is designed to assist elementary educators in reflecting on the ways they engage themselves and their learners in the process of standards-based instruction, assessment, grading, and reporting. Educators are invited to reflect on their practice and make connections to the ideas shared in the modules. Recommended that this learning experience takes place over one 40 to 60-minute introductory session (Introduction) and three one-hour sessions (Modules 1 - 4). The resources provided in these modules are designed to be a complete learning experience, which includes video clips, reading materials, and independent or group work.

A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting (Introduction plus four modules – approximately 5 hours of learning time)

The purpose of these course materials is to support system, school, and teacher leaders working with their secondary colleagues learning of standards-based instruction, assessment, and reporting. The course explores fundamental ways to support classroom teachers engaging in standards-based instruction, assessment, evaluation, and reporting by preparing for teaching and learning that engages students in the classroom assessment process and to evaluate and report progress to others. This learning experience is designed to assist secondary educators to reflect on the ways they engage themselves and their learners in the process of standards-based instruction, assessment, grading, and reporting. Educators will be invited to reflect on their practice and make connections to the ideas shared in the following modules. Recommend that this learning experience take place over one 40 to 60-minute introductory session (Introduction) and three one-hour sessions (Modules 1 - 4). The resources provided in these modules are designed to be a complete learning experience, which includes video clips, reading materials, and independent or group work.

Note: The course materials may not be distributed and used for non-Hawaii DOE purposes.