Skip to Main Content Skip to bottom Skip to Chat, Email, Text
"Degrees & Programs"


Evaluation and Data Literacy




Estimated Tuition


Total credits


Course length

Start when you're ready

Choose an upcoming start date:

Enroll by 1pm Central:

Please Note: Attendance and participation are mandatory in all University courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Course level: EDU Graduate

This course focuses on utilizing effective assessment practices to guide instruction. The fundamentals of assessment, including standardized, formative, summative, and performance assessments and their uses will be discussed. Teacher candidates will effectively analyze and evaluate test and performance data in order to communicate data results ethically and determine learner needs. Additionally, the purpose, methods, and reporting of evaluations are explored. If you reside in California please click here to enroll in the California version of this course.  This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming and individuals who reside outside the United States.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Differentiate between the types and purposes of assessment.
  • Differentiate between formative and summative assessment.
  • Examine reliability and validity of objective tests, portfolios, performance assessments, and standardized testing.
  • Describe ways personal bias and student diversity can influence your assessment decisions.

Week 2

  • Analyze the use of assessment for learner growth and accountability.
  • Align assessment to standards and objectives.
  • Apply principles of differentiation to assessment.
  • Explain the importance of documenting assessments, observations, and interventions.

Week 3

  • Examine a variety of strategies for communicating timely, effective, and descriptive feedback to
  • students.
  • Evaluate ways learners can access their own learning and set their own goals.
  • Justify the use of appropriate strategies to engage learners and guide them to reflect on their own
  • learning.

Week 4

  • Describe the importance of regularly monitoring, documenting, and reporting student data and
  • progress.
  • Examine the role ethics play in the use of assessments and assessment data.
  • Examine the appropriate and inappropriate uses of assessment results in instructional planning.
  • Evaluate strategies for collaborating and communicating assessment results with a variety of
  • stakeholders.
  • Examine the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act as it relates to assessment.

Week 5

  • Propose data-driven lesson plans for differentiated remediation.
  • Analyze assessment data to understand patterns and gaps in learning, guide planning and instruction, and provide meaningful feedback to all learners.
  • Analyze the response to intervention theory and model.
  • Interpret response to intervention assessment results to determine appropriate interventions.
  • Describe best practices for assessment modifications and accommodations for special education
  • students and English language learners.

Week 6

  • Analyze strategies for evaluation of curriculum.
  • Analyze strategies for evaluation of instruction.
  • Examine the benefits and implications of working with a collaborative team to engage in curriculum
  • development, planning, and reflection on practices.
  • Apply a variety of data to evaluate the success of a lesson and plan for differentiated remediation.


Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

Next Steps

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

Call (844) 937-8679

Transfer Credits

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer

Need to transfer credits to another college or university?

Before you enroll in a course, check with your school of choice to make sure they will accept our transfer credits and to understand any requirements or limitations. Then you can complete your course, and request your official transcript be sent to your school. That’s it!

How to request your transcripts