Learning Opportunity

Building Summative Exams for Secondary Social Studies (Social Studies 20-1/20-2)

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Tim Coates
Date:March 10, 2022
Time:8:30 am to 4:00 pm MTN
Location: Sherwood Park (Bev Facey Community High School)
99 Colwill Boulevard
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Session Code: 22-DD-EIP-TC-228
Focus: Assessment Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy

Target Audience


About this Learning Opportunity

This extended professional development opportunity focuses on the creation of high-quality summative assessments to be administered in classrooms as final exams for students in the "10" and "20" level social studies courses. Participants will receive advice and instructions regarding some of the best practices in assessment design, specifically in the design of final examinations. Participants will spend a significant portion of the time in actual item development as well as in assembly of items into examination forms that reflect programs of studies expectations regarding knowledge, skills and standards.

All learning opportunities with the ERLC regional team will focus on the Alberta Education and district priority areas.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

After a number of years in the classroom, Tim Coates was seconded to Alberta Education as a Diploma Examination Manager; first for Social Studies 33, and later for Social Studies 30.  From 2005 until 2014 Tim was the Director of the Diploma Examination Program Branch. His final service to Alberta Education was as the Coordinator of the Classroom Assessment Capacity project.

From 2009 until 2018, Tim served as a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta, teaching a course in classroom assessment.  Tim has offered many professional development presentations throughout Alberta and on occasion in the United States. He has been featured as a keynote speaker at district professional development and conventions.  Tim’s educational interests and expertise focus on how to make assessments that engage students and provide meaningful information.