Basic Assessment Cycle

Faculty Assessment Toolkit

Basic Assessment Cycle

assessment cycle, identify goals, identify objectives, specify approaches, specify measures, share results, make changes

Develop goals (outcomes) using active verbs. Outcomes should be measurable, observable, or demonstrable. What do you want students to know or be able to do by the end of the course, program, degree?

Design assessments, gather evidence: This could be through formative course activities, summative assignments, capstones, or other means for determining students’ progress toward meeting outcomes. Use multiple measures, direct and indirect.

Take action, make changes (close the loop): This is where you review the evidence of student learning, discuss in your division or with colleagues, decide on improvement areas, and make changes.

Report results: An important part of assessment is documenting the results and sharing what you learned, the changes you made or plan to make.