Assessing Students Classically

with Christopher Perrin, Andrew Kern,
Robyn Burlew, Josh Gibbs, and
Stephen Turley

Can You Imagine Assessments That Bless?

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The Catholic Tradition of Classical Education

with Dr. Andrew Seeley



This course reviews assessment approaches in the history of education and suggests methods of assessment that align with the ideals of the classical tradition of education.

  • Lesson 1: Assessment and the Classical Tradition
  • Lesson 2: The History of Grading (Dr. Brian Williams)
  • Discussion: The History of Grading
  • Lesson 3: The Liberal Arts and Assessments (Andrew Kern)
  • Lesson 4: Josh Gibbs on How to Test Students
  • Discussion: Christopher Perrin and Josh Gibbs
  • Lesson 5: Robyn Burlew and Meaningful Assessments
  • Discussion: Christopher Perrin and Robyn Burlew
  • Discussion: Christopher Perrin and Steve Turley

Joshua Gibbs is a humanities and literature teacher at the Veritas School in Richmond, Virginia. Josh has been teaching the Great Books for some 10 years and is an associate fellow with the Alcuin Fellowship, a coterie of classical educators who are committed to the renewal of classical Christian education. He is also a frequent speaker at classical education conferences. Josh lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife and 2 daughters, both of whom have 7 names.


Robyn Burlew is the upper school principal and dean of academics at the Veritas School in Richmond, Virginia. Her career spans some 15 years in classical education. She first served as a 6th grade teacher, then as an upper school principal, and then as academic dean at Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, before taking the upper school and academic head position at the Veritas School. Robyn has three grown daughters who have all been classically educated. Robyn excels at bringing classical, pedagogical principles to bear practically and effectively in the classroom. She is a committed mentor of teachers who devotes an entire day each week to faithfully observing classes and coaching teachers. Robyn has a BS in biology from Houghton College, where she also minored in mathematics. She also holds an MEd from Covenant College in integrated curriculum and instruction.



Turley - classroomStephen Turley (PhD, Durham University) is a theologian, social theorist, classical Christian educator, and prize-winning classical guitarist. He is the author of The Ritualised Revelation of the Messianic Age: Washings and Meals in Galatians and 1 Corinthians and Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness & Beauty. Steve blogs on the church, society and culture, education, and the arts at TurleyTalks.com. He is a faculty member at Tall Oaks Classical School in New Castle, Delaware, where he teaches theology, Greek, and rhetoric, and is a professor of fine arts at Eastern University. Steve lectures at universities, conferences, and churches throughout the US and abroad. His research and writings have appeared in such journals as Christianity and Literature, Calvin Theological Journal, First Things, Touchstone, and the Chesterton Review. He and his wife, Akiko, have 4 children and live in Newark, Delaware, where they together enjoy fishing, gardening, and watching Duck Dynasty marathons.



Dr. Christopher Perrin is an author, consultant, and speaker who specializes in classical education. He is committed to the renewal of the liberal arts tradition. He cofounded and serves full time as the CEO/publisher at Classical Academic Press, a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company. Christopher also serves as a consultant to charter, public, private, and Christian schools across the country. He serves on the board of the Society for Classical Learning and as the director of the Alcuin Fellowship of classical educators. He has published numerous articles and lectures that are widely used throughout the United States and the English-speaking world.

Christopher received his BA in history from the University of South Carolina and his MDiv and PhD in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for 10 years. He is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for ParentsThe Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, and Greek for Children, and he is the coauthor of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press.

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Please Note: ClassicalU is currently developing a certification to accompany our course offerings. The certification credit component of this course is now active but also undergoing refinement and testing.

To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete the quiz that follows each presentation by Dr. Post, and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload a short essay (of 500 to 600 words) demonstrating your the course content. When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will magically appear under the “My Courses” section of this website.

Here is the essay question to answer as part of your end of course test.

  • In 500 to 600 words, describe how a contemporary classical educator could assess students according to principles and practices from the classical tradition.

By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 2 certification. This course counts toward our Level 2 certification, but it can be taken by anyone—even those still working their Level 1 certification on ClassicalU.

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