Fair Assessment Practices

Assessment is the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs. Authentic assessment aims to evaluate students' abilities in 'real-world' contexts. In other words, students learn how to apply their skills to authentic tasks and projects. Authentic assessment does not encourage rote learning and passive test-taking. Instead, it focuses on students' analytical skills; ability to integrate what they learn; creativity; ability to work collaboratively; and written and oral expression skills. It values the learning process as much as the finished product.

Authentic Assessment Toolbox
Jon Mueller, Professor of Psychology, North Central College, Naperville, IL

Classroom Assessment Techniques
Excerpts from Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers by Thomas Angelo and K. Patricia Cross, available from Jossey-Bass.

Assessment Handbook
Thorough handbook that includes a glossary of assessment terms and detailed sample rubrics.
Atlantic Cape Community College

Assessment Resources
Center for Teaching, Learning & Assessment, Indiana University Kokomo

Teaching Goals Inventory: Self Assessment of Instructional Goals
Excerpted from Angelo and Cross (see above) by the National Institute for Science Learning, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Teaching Goals Inventory Online
Excerpted from Angelo and Cross (see above) by Center for Teaching, University of Iowa