Posts Tagged ‘assessment for accountability’
“We ought to be up to the task of figuring out what it is that our students know by the end of four years at college that they did not know at the beginning.” That’s how Stanley Katz begins a well-written essay that explores the assessment movement in higher education.
Of all the activities that go into educational assessment, ironically two of most rewarding also are two of the most overlooked: 1). sharing the results with stakeholders and 2). using the results to effect change.
After devoting so much time and energy to creating assessments, far too often what happens is someone takes the data that’s been gathered and compiles a dense, statistics-laden report that is difficult to find, read, or understand. Meanwhile everyone else turns their attention to more pressing matters; happy they finally got rid of that annoying pebble in their shoe.
Higher ed institutions need to take time at regular intervals to engage in program revision. Otherwise, they risk engaging in pointless assessments that reveal little and fail to lead to measurable improvements in teaching and learning experiences. This seminar provides an overview of the latest strategies for updating and managing an effective and meaningful learning assessment program.
September 22 - The Evolution of Accountability: Look Who’s Accountable Now
We hear a great deal these days about “accountability” in the academy. Many states (including South Carolina, where I try my best to be a “responsible” college administrator) have some kind of state law mandating that public schools—and, in some cases, colleges—demonstrate that they are indeed “accountable.”
Just as simply weighing a pig will not make it fatter, spending millions to simply test college students is not likely to help them learn more. So what then are the best ways to measure our students’ growth and learning over time?