What is assessment? Dr. Tom Angelo defined assessment as follows: "Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance." Dr. Tom Angelo, Reassessing (and Defining) Assessment. The AAHE Bulletin, 48(2), November 1995, pp.7-9.
Please visit the official WASC site for some important information on assessment and accreditation.
· This document contains a quick overview of four different approaches to classroom assessment--very useful for instructors!
In addition to paper assignments, tests, quizzes, etc., instructors can also use Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) to gauge student learning. CATs are wonderful for quickly getting student feedback regarding what they are learning, what they find confusing, what needs further clarification, etc. There is an excellent book called Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers. The book was written by Angelo and Cross. For an excellent summary and review of the book click here.