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Deciding When to Assess ...

Take the following quiz to help determine when you need to assess your students.

  1. Am I trying to gauge student learning of class content in general?

Yes

No

  1. Do I care about the knowledge students bring into the classroom with them at the start of the semester compared to the learning they will take away with them at the end?

Yes

No

  1. Does the extent of progress or improvement over a period of days or weeks matter?

Yes

No

  1. Do I want to assess the level of students’ reflective thinking about a particular reading assignment?

Yes

No

  1. Am I interested in specific areas of learning that I have identified as particularly relevant or important?

Yes

No

  1. Am I concerned about how well students understand a complicated lecture?

Yes

No

If you answered “yes” to questions 1, 2, or 3, you should plan on using an assessment method that gauges student learning over time.

If you answered “yes” to questions 4, 5, or 6, you will need an assessment method that evaluates student learning at a particular point in time.

Of course, it is quite possible that all the questions are of interest to you and you may want to incorporate both types of assessment in your model.

OAPA Handbook Course-Based Review & Assessment UMASS Amherst (PDF)

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