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
- Skill Demonstrations
- Writing Assignments (i.e., research papers, journal assignments, etc.)
- Short In-Class Writing Assignments (i.e., One-Minute papers, Write-Think-Pair-Shares, mini quizzes, etc.)
- Logs and Journals
- Research Papers