What is Assessment?
"Assessment is the systematic collection of information about student learning, using the time, knowledge, expertise, and resources available, in order to inform decisions that affect student learning." (Walvoord, 2010, p. 2). Assessment involves:
- Setting explicit goals (outcomes or objectives). What do we want students to be able to do?
- Gathering information. How well are students attaining the goals and what is influencing their learning?
- Taking Action. How can we use the information to improve student learning?
Guiding Principles and Good Practice of Assessment
1) Assessments should be varied and include formal and informal evaluations.
- Provide formative and summative assessments
- Provide quality feedback information (timely grading/responses; video/online responses)
- Encourage peer and instructor dialog (podcasts/discussion boards/ videos / online chats)
2) Assessments measure the level of student success, and measure students' attainment of learning outcomes.
- There should be a connection between the way students learn material and the way they are tested on it.
- Facilitate student self-assessment (journals, essays)
3) Students should know the evaluation plan at the beginning of a course.
- Clarify what good performance is (usually through the use of rubrics)
4) Assessments should include ways to encourage self-esteem and provide opportunities to close the gap
- Instructors give positive responses to discussions and class participation / instructor explanation/intervention of current performance and how to act to close the gap from current performance to good performance)
- Use feedback to improve teaching (instructor sharing / division meetings/ SLOA analysis
Academic Assessment Council (AAC) Mission
In harmony with Chesapeake’s College’s mission and values, the AAC’s mission is to foster student success by developing and implementing an effective, comprehensive and consistent learning outcomes assessment cycle of continuous improvement based on evidence.
Chesapeake College Mission and Vision