Assessing Student Learning

  • Provide opportunities to demonstrate knowledge that are authentic using real life problems or situations.
  • Offer students evaluations of progress that do not count towards a grade, such as one-question quizzes, reflections or ungraded homework.
  • Keep assessment for all students consistent. Accommodations may require some changes in administration practices (extra time, for example) but not in the assessment itself.
  • Provide alternatives: portfolios, presentations and creative multi-media products.
  • Include a rubric for how written work will be assessed with examples of excellent work.
  • Adjust expectations based on class performance and address general gaps in knowledge either directly (in the class or office hours) or by referral to tutors, TAs or other resources.