Instructional Assessment @ Seattle Central

Instructional Assessment Activities
Updated April 19, 2006

How do we know students are learning?
Some methods that provide direct evidence of student learning include:

Locally developed tests
Standardized tests
Pre- and Post – tests
Essay test blind scored across units
Internal juried review of student projects
Externally reviewed internships
Performance on licensure examinations
Student work samples
Collections of student work (e.g. Portfolios)
Course-embedded assessment
Observations of student behavior
Capstone courses
Oral examinations

Some methods that provide indirect evidence of student learning include:
Alumni, employer, student surveys
Focus groups
Exit interviews with graduates
Graduate follow-up studies
Graduation rates
Percentage of students who go on to 4-year school
Retention and transfer studies
Job placement statistics
Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID)

How have teaching and learning improved as a result of assessment?
Improvements in teaching could include improvements in:
Texts and Materials
Assessment/Evaluation Techniques
Use of Technology
Motivational techniques
Classroom Organization and Management

Improvements in student learning could include improvements in:
Mastery of theory
Application of theory
Analysis and synthesis of information
Ability to evaluate information
Critical thinking
Problem solving
Ability to see relationships and make connections
Ability to compare and contrast information
Take responsibility for learning
Working toward achieving goals

How do you use data to make decisions and program revisions?
Think about your program reviews
Think about the changes you’ve made in your programs and curriculum
over the last few years
Think about changes in equipment/technology
Think about changes in scheduling
Think about changes in course content
Think about changes in methodology
Think about changes you’ve made in assessment



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