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EDU 632 Assessing Learning in Urban Grades 5-12 - Advanced Theory and Practice

Does religious belief matter in our daily lives? Can religious teachings and values be applied universally or must the history of the people be taken into consideration? This course explores these questions in the lives of American racial and ethnic groups. It examines the role and function of religious belief in their struggle for survival and liberation. Topics of discussion include the concepts of identity, selfhood, community, spirituality, social responsibility, salvation and freedom. Certain religious traditions, for example, African American, American Indian and Asian American, are discussed in the light of histories of these groups. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism. (Also listed as ETHS 316 Race and Religion)

Special information

Note: Formerly known as EDU 602. Admission to Urban Teacher Program as a post baccalaureate student required to register. Clinical field experience hours are part of the course requirements. This course is offered concurrently with EDU 432.
3 Graduate credits

Effective August 15, 2022 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Describe connections among various assessment, curricular and instructional choices that teachers make and their impact on student learning.
  • Develop competence creating various assessment tools, such as selected response tests and constructed response tests which can be exhibited as part of a teaching portfolio.
  • Interpret state and national subject area standards, and begin assessing student performance toward achievement of the Minnesota graduation standards.
  • Understand current rules and trends in assessing teacher performance, including standardized entrance exams, performance criteria and professional portfolios.
  • Understand formative and summative methods for assessing, evaluating and grading student learning.
  • Understand how student motivation and learning can be enhanced by working with students to address their multiple intelligences, higher order thinking abilities, various learning styles and diverse cultures.
  • Understand how to interpret and use standardized test data.
  • Understand how to relate assessment data to students, families and colleagues.
  • Understand the characteristics, use and limitations of various traditional and authentic forms of assessment, including criterion-referenced and norm-referenced tests, standardized tests, performance assessment, portfolio assessment, and affective assessment.
  • Understand the differences between assessment, evaluation and testing.
  • Understand the terminology of assessment such as reliability, validity and bias.

Fall 2023

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Assessing Learning in Urban Grades 5-12 - Advanced Theory and Practice Schmidt De Carranza, Sarah L Books for EDU-632-01 Fall 2023 Course details for EDU-632-01 Fall 2023