Evaluating student learning takes time and effort, but well-designed tests and consistent grading procedures provide students with valuable information about what and how they are learning. Effective feedback helps students improve performance and develop cognitive skills.
We offer suggestions for constructing assessment tools that measure and reinforce student learning; developing clear and fair grading practices, including the use of rubrics for feedback; and how to assess your teaching methods.
Testing is an opportunity for learners to demonstrate their understanding of the facts and processes they are learning and to receive feedback from their instructors, while instructors can learn how effective they've been in facilitating learning for their students.
Use testing events in your classroom to assess and revise your instructional practices.
Grades measure intellectual progress with standardized, objective criteria…but they also reflect personal philosophy and human psychology as well.
Your teaching methods deserve regular scrutiny and updating. Here we suggest ways to assess your teaching, identify what and how to improve, and to keep a complete record of your development as a teacher.