Curriculum Development: Assessment
Curriculum Development: Assessment builds upon the concepts presented in the first two curriculum courses (Curriculum Development: Foundations and Curriculum Development: Instruction). The course presents excellent insights on how teachers can align test questions with measureable target performance objectives. Test-construction guidelines are presented for building valid true/false, matching, sentence-completion/short-answer, multiple-choice, and essay tests. These guidelines are invaluable. The reading assignments and lesson activities offer a practical and understandable way to develop reliable formative and summative assessment tools, including a detailed look at building rubrics and portfolios. The lessons on minimizing bias in grading essay test answers and organizing a portfolio open house offer outstanding assessment ideas. This assessment course is designed to improve the assessment skills of all teachers.

Dr. Charles Walker About the Instructor:

Dr. Charles Walker is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools. He also serves as the President of Take Tenn Publications. For 22 years, Dr. Walker served as the editor of the Journal for Christian Educators. He has authored several staff development manuals, school improvement materials, and is the co-author of Study Right, a popular study skills curriculum written for Christian school students in grades 4-12. He has written numerous educational articles for national and state Christian association publications. A well-respected educator in the educational community, he currently serves as the chair of the Advisory Council for Non-Public Schools to the Tennessee State Commissioner of Education.

Dr. Walker began his professional career in 1963 as a junior high and senior high school science teacher. Afterwards, he served as a principal and superintendent at three Oklahoma public schools and then as the principal of Trinity Christian School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He assumed the position of Executive Director of Tennessee Association of Christian Schools in 1977. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Teaching degree from Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and a Professional Certificate in Educational Administration from The University of Oklahoma. He received honorary doctorate degrees from Pensacola Christian College and Midwestern Baptist College.