Effective assessment is inseparable from good teaching and learning. Just as a good facilitator would use more than one method of teaching, a program or a course would normally employ more than one method of assessment. An assessment plan lays out a well thought out selection of assessment methods that are aligned to the elements of performance and outcomes of the course or program can be facilitated in a number of ways.
To decide which assessment fits best, consider:
- What do I want the students to know, do, and be?
- What is acceptable evidence to show that students have achieved those outcomes?
- What experiences will help students to demonstrate their achievement of those outcomes?
From: Drake, S. (2007). Creating Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum: Aligning curriculum, content, assessment, and instruction. (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin – page 8.
These questions will help you to choose an assessment task that is aligned with the outcomes students will be performing in the course.
Have a look at these examples from courses:
Outcome: Develop a business plan for a small business.
Assessment: Students write a business plan for a specific business.
Outcome: Apply conflict resolution strategies in a variety of settings.
Assessment: Students demonstrate strategies during a series of simulations in class.
Outcome: Critically analyze situations that lead to the perpetration of fraud.
Assessment: Students examine case studies and present their analysis.
As often as possible, you should select an authentic assessment task. That is, the task students perform in the course should:
• Directly measure students’ performance of an outcome
• Relate to specific vocational skills
• Reflect current practices in the industry/field
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Below you will find various options to consider when creating assessments.