Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 30, 2010 - Education - 384 pages
The first edition of Assessing Student Learning has become the standard reference for college faculty and administrators who are charged with the task of assessing student learning within their institutions. The second edition of this landmark book offers the same practical guidance and is designed to meet ever-increasing demands for improvement and accountability. This edition includes expanded coverage of vital assessment topics such as promoting an assessment culture, characteristics of good assessment, audiences for assessment, organizing and coordinating assessment, assessing attitudes and values, setting benchmarks and standards, and using results to inform and improve teaching, learning, planning, and decision making.

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CHAPTER1 What Is Assessment?
How Can Student Learning Be Assessed?
What Is Good Assessment?
Why Are You Assessing Student Learning?
Tangible Value
Respect and Empower People Value Innovation andRisk Taking Especially in Improving Teaching
Provide Appropriate Resources
Matching Items
Assessing Attitudes Values Dispositions and Habits of Mind
CHAPTER13 Assembling Assessment Information into Portfolios
Selecting a Published Test or Survey
Setting Benchmarks or Standards
Summarizing and Analyzing Assessment Results
Sharing Assessment Results with Internal and External
HelpYour Audiences Seethe Big Picture Tell a Story witha Meaningful Point Present Your Results inaVariety of Ways

Time to Think Discuss and Practice
Developing Learning Goals
Using a Scoring Guide or Rubric to Plan and Evaluate
Holistic Scoring Guides
Keeping the Scoring Burden Manageable
Recommended Readings
Recommended Readings
Keeping the Momentum Going

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About the author (2010)

Linda Suskie, internationally acclaimed writer, speaker, trainer, and consultant on higher education assessment, is a vice president of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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