The What? Why? and How? of Effective Classroom and School Assessment


Interactive live webinar 

September 21, 2021 (Tuesday)

Duration: 2 hours  

London 12.00 pm |  Dubai 3.00 pm

Singapore 7.00pm | Sydney 9.00 pm

Your Time 

(register by September 10, 2021)  

USD 150 per participant 

Group of 5 or more
USD 130 per participant 


Led by:

Jay McTighe

Who Should Attend

This session has been designed for teachers (grades 1-12), administrators, curriculum leaders, assessment specialists, and instructional coaches interested in assessment.        

Workshop Overview

Effective assessment is integral to effective schooling and is a central element of the Understanding by Design® framework.  However, assessment practices vary widely in quality, across teachers and schools.


A more systematic approach can improve practice. Internationally-renowned author and consultant, Jay McTighe, will share ideas from his most recent book, Assessing Learning in the Classroom – By Design (Teachers College Press, 2021).


He will present five underlying assessment principles and examine a set of fundamental questions about the What?, Why? and How? of effective assessment.

Knowledge & Skills

Topics Covered:

  • Five principles of effective assessment

  • Essential questions to consider when planning and using classroom or school-level assessments

  • Four types of learning goals that impact assessment

  • Various assessment purposes – Diagnostic, Formative and Evaluative 

  • A framework of the various assessment methods for gathering evidence of student learning

  • A 3-part model for a more honest and communicative approach to grading

  • Curriculum Mapping 3.0 – a new conception for today’s  schooling

By the end of the session, participants will be equipped with knowledge & skills to answer the following:​

  • What are the qualities of effective assessment?

  • How do different types of learning goals affect what and how we assess?

  • What are various purposes for assessment?

  • Through what assessment methods should we gather evidence of student learning?

  • How might we envision a more honest and communicative approach to grading?

  • What is wrong with most curriculum maps? How can curriculum mapping be updated?

Workshop Facilitator

Jay McTighe is a veteran education, having served as a teacher, resource specialist, program coordinator, director of a state program for gifted students, and administrator for innovative programs at the Maryland Department of Education.

He is an accomplished author, having co-authored 18 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. His books have been translated into fourteen languages.

Jay has also written more than 50 book chapters, articles and blogs, and been published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD), Edutopia and Education Week. Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at state, national and international conferences.

He has made presentations in 47 states within the United States, in 7 Canadian provinces, and internationally in 38 countries on six continents.

Workshop Coordinator

Navin Pawa