Classroom Assessment Techniques
Classroom assessment is both a
teaching approach and a set of techniques. The approach
is that the more you know about what and how students
are learning, the better you can plan learning
activities to structure your teaching. The techniques
are mostly simple, non-graded, anonymous, in-class
activities that give both you and your students useful
feedback on the teaching-learning process.
How is classroom assessment
differs from tests and other forms of student
assessment in that it is aimed at course
improvement, rather than at assigning grades.
The primary goal is to better understand your
students' learning and so to improve your
(more from the NTLF
As students begin learning a
new topic or adding to what they already know they
will need frequent help to assess what they do and
do not know. Good design provides ample time to
practice with frequent feedback to help students
assess knowledge and competence. As they become
more confident in their correct knowledge, problem
solving and critical thinking skills in the domain
feedback can be given less frequently.
leads 2 workshops at the center on CATs--fall 2008,
See our bookmarks at
and other assessment resources on
From our library--
Angelo, T.A., & Cross, K.P. (1993).
Classroom assessment techniques: A handbook
for college teachers.
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
. This revised and greatly expanded edition of the 1988
handbook offers teachers at all levels how-to advise on classroom
assessment, including:What classroom assessment entails and how
it works. How to plan, implement, and analyze assessment
Butler, S.M., & McMunn, N.D. (2006).
A teacher�s guide to classroom assessment:
Understanding and using assessment to improve student
learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Huba, M. & Freed, J. (2000)
. Learner-center assessment on college campuses: Shifting the
focus from teaching to learning. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn
Speck, B.W. (2002).
strategies for the on-line class: From theory to practice.
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
The center also subscribes to the
Assessment Update, stored in Peck
Covers the developments in higher
education assessment. Gives information & advice on
conducting assessments, including student learning
& outcomes, faculty instruction, academic programs,
student services, & overall institutional
Online Resources: Tips and Strategies
goals inventory- assess your classroom based on the
learning goals most important to you.
Minute Papers in a Large Class, James
Craig, Dept of Psychology, NTLF
Learning Assessment Guide (sorted by discipline) primarily
Classroom Assessment Techniques YouTube Video
Presenter: Shaun Longstreet, The University of California,
Irvine Length: 9 Minutes 50 Seconds
bookmarks on assessment.
Design and Assessment, Samford University
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Undergraduate
Assessment and Program Review Page
extensive website devoted to the SIUE's assessment philosophy,
educational tips, and assessment techniques based on Angelo's
and Cross' book, "Classroom Assessment Techniques."
Student Assessment of their Learning Gains
(SALG) website allows instructors to gather
learning-focused feedback from students.
The SALG survey asks students to rate how each component of
a course (e.g., textbook, collaborative work, labs) helped them
to learn, and to rate their gains toward achieving the course
goals. The SALG survey can be customized to fit any
college-level course, and can be administered multiple times
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