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Lesson 5: Assessing and Evaluating Student Learning and Achievement

The terms "evaluation" and "assessment" are often used interchangeably. However, the former usually results in a grade, and the later does not. When considering how to assess and evaluate student learning outcomes, consider the following questions:

  • For each student learning outcome, what information can I gather that will demonstrate how well the outcome was achieved for each student? For the class as a whole?
  • For which outcomes are exams sufficient?
  • For which outcomes are projects sufficient?
  • For which outcomes are writing assignments sufficient?
  • How will I know learning is taking place?
  • Where does assessment fit in my course?
  • Do the methods of assessment align with the course outcomes?
  • What weight (if any) will I assign each assessment method?
  • If I want flexible grading criteria, how do I accomplish this?
  • Is the workload reasonable given the diversity of my students and my time and resources?

Possible assessment methods include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pretests/Post tests
  • Questionnaires
  • Interviews
  • Skill Demonstrations
  • Writing Assignments (i.e., research papers, journal assignments, etc.)
  • Mapping
  • Quizzes/Exams
  • Short In-Class Writing Assignments (i.e., One-Minute papers, Write-Think-Pair-Shares, mini quizzes, etc.)
  • Logs and Journals
  • Research Papers

Lessons: Index, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, References

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