This course focuses on evaluation tools that teachers use in order to design their curricular and instructional strategies. It addresses multiple dimensions of assessment from grading individual student work to understanding standardized testing. The course promotes a research perspective on understanding student learning, and the use of assessment for differentiating instruction. The course is geared toward the content areas of future secondary teachers and others planning to educate adolescents, but it is open to educators of earlier grade levels. Students will learn to assess reading abilities, consider assessment's relationship to motivation, and weigh textbook utilization. Students demonstrate how they integrate communications skills and educational technology through the creation of a wide range of assessments.