Objective 1

Articulate the principles of and purpose for good assessment
• Principles:
Assemsessment works best when the students know the learning goals clearly and explicitly.
• Assessment makes a difference when it begins with questions the students really care about or have interest in.
• Assessment requires attention to outcomes but also and equally to the experiences that lead to those outcomes.
• Assessment is most effective when it reflects an understanding of learning as multidimensional, integrated, and revealed in performance over time.
• Assessment works best when it is ongoing, not episodic.
• Look for evidence of learning, not just scores.
• For Management Purposes
• For Certification of Achievements
• For Teaching Purposes
• For Selection Purposes
• For Monitoring Progress of Development Projects

Following links provide more information about principles and purpose for good assessment.
• Assessment, Oct 05, Bill McComas (.pdf)
• Assessment Overview, Sept 04, Bill McComas (video)
• AAHE: Nine Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning (.pdf)
• Using Assessment Strategies to Inform Student Learning

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