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Library Instruction Resources: Assessment

Assessment Resources

10 Steps to Classroom Assessment


  1. Decide what you want to learn from a classroom assessment and how the feedback you receive will be useful to you (clear understanding of purpose and expected outcomes).
  2. Select a classroom assessment technique that provides this feedback, is consistent with your teaching style, and can be easily implemented in your class.
  3. Consider modifications to the basic procedures for your purpose/environment (e.g. individual vs. group, anonymous vs. for‐credit).


  1. Articulate directions, test to assure clarity and allow for revisions.
  2. Allocate sufficient class time
  3. Explain the purpose of the activity to students


  1. After class, review the results as soon as possible.
  2. Sort and analyze the data to look for any patterns (What is the most common response? How common is it? What suspicions were confirmed? What did you not already know?)
  3. For the most part, student responses will probably sort easily into a few general categories.

Close the Feedback Loop:

  1. Decide what changes, if any, to make in your teaching
  2. Share at least some part of the information you learned with your students know what you learned from the assessment and acknowledge by addressing an issue raised by them, or how you plan to adapt your instruction. (what information? when? written or verbal? What did you expect? What did you not expect? How will this activity affect their experience as learners in the classroom?)

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