Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education

   Section 1

Section 2
Background and Rationale for Assessment

Section 3
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Section 4
 Assessment Tools and Data
 Quality Data
 Defining Terms
Assessment Tools
 Grades & Assessment
Primary Trait Analysis
Selecting the Tools
Creating a Tool
Quiz Answers
 Your SLOs

Section 5
Course Assessment

Section 6
Program Assessment


Section 7
Closing the Loop

Section 8
Implementing Assessment Training on Campus


Section 9
References & Resources



Using Materials from this Website


Quiz on Assessment Tools

1. Where is the best place to examine direct data about student learning?



2. List at least three advantages and three disadvantages to using standardized assessment tools.



3. List at least three advantages and three disadvantages to using local or homegrown assessment tools.



4. What are some advantages to  embedded assessment?



5. Match the following characteristics and descriptions of quality data.

Characteristic Definition

a. Valid

i. The data are reproducible. Repeated assessment yields the same data.

b. Reliable

ii. The data answers important questions, and is not generated simply because it is easy to measure.

c. Authentic

iii. The data contributes to improving teaching and learning.

d. Relevant

iv. The assessment simulates real-life circumstances. Also see the link to Grant Wiggins article on authentic assessment.

e. Effective

v. The data accurately represents what you are trying to measure.

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Janet Fulks
Assessing Student Learning in Community Colleges (2004), Bakersfield College