Assessment Terms

  • Assessment
    • A process for gathering information to make decisions
    • A strategy for understanding and improving student learning
  • Stakeholder
    • People who have a share or interest in the education of students
  • Accountability
    • Being responsible for the education of students
  • Quantitative Assessment
    • Data usually collected in numerical form
    • Useful for comparison assessment
    • Can tell us what students have learned
  • Qualitative Assessment
    • Data collected in various ways to capture quality of learning criteria
    • Useful for evaluation and assessment of the quality of student learning and for making decisions about the modification of teaching strategies
    • Types of qualitative assessment may include observation, quality criterion referenced rubrics, interviews, focus groups, open-ended questions, other less-structured methods
    • Can tell us how students learn
  • Informal assessment
    • Appraisal by casual observation or by other non-standardized procedures
  • Formal assessment
    • The collection of data using standardized tests or procedures under controlled conditions
  • Rubric
    • A rubric is an explicit summary of the criteria for assessing a particular piece of student work, plus levels of potential achievement for each criterion. Rubrics produce assessments that are far more detailed than a single, holistic grade.
  • Artifact
    • Any assignment-driven student-produced work such as a project, demonstration, lab report, speech, performance, or portfolio, that can be assessed to determine student achievement of course objectives or one (or more) of the CSLOs
  • Common Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
    • CSLOs encourage deeper learning by focusing on generally accepted goals, such as critical thinking, communication, and quantitative skills.
    • Included on all SJC course syllabi
    • Think, Learn, Communicate, Integrate, Act