8 ways to assess a student


Thinking about assessment:

as • sess (ses’) v.t.
[late ME < ML L
assess (us) ptp. of
assidere (ad + sedere)]
to sit down beside

Alverno College developed an assessment approach with 8 ways to assess student learning

Ability

Outcome

Describes what a student will be able to do with what she knows in personal, professional, and/or academic contexts as a result of a set of learning experiences.

Performance

Demonstration of abilities in action in the kind of integrated situation in which students would use them in their life beyond campus

Criteria

Specific indicators of ability/knowledge as seen in performance.

Criteria provide a picture of ability/knowledge in action:

allowing an instructor/assessor to make judgments

helping a beginning learner imagine a successful performance

incorporating qualitative dimensions of performance

Feedback

Tells a student how well she is doing from a perspective outside herself

Like a mirror, provides a student with matter for both reflection and growth

Raises questions that enable a student to critique and further develop her abilities and ideas

Can assist a student to separate her performance from her judgment of self

Externality

Achievement of distance from classroom learning experiences by various degrees

Self Assessment

The ability of a student to observe, analyze, and judge her performance on the basis of criteria and determine how she can improve it

http://depts.alverno.edu/saal/terms.html

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One thought on “8 ways to assess a student

  1. I so appreciate the grounding assessment in its root: to sit down beside. I’d like that to be my assessment mantra. “Hi, I’m the assessment coordinator. May I sit down beside you?”

    I like:
    Demonstration of abilities in action in an integrated situation
    Helping a beginning learner imagine a successful performance
    Providing a student with matter for both reflection and growth

    Re-imagining assessment!

    Thank you for sharing this, Valerie.

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