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Assessment used as part of the teaching and learning process to provide feedback to both the instructor and the learner about progress toward the desired learning outcomes. Information gathered from formative assessment can help instructors plan subsequent learning activities. Ungraded quizzes, one-minute papers, and peer-reviewed rough drafts are examples of strategies that can be used for formative assessment.
Assessment that determines the degree to which students have achieved the articulated learning outcomes. Capstone projects, papers, and final exams are examples of strategies that can be used for summative assessment.
An assessment guide that uses a set of criteria for evaluating an assessment task to create a matrix of descriptions of work at various levels. Effective rubrics can support student self-assessment, greater transparency in grading, and clear feedback to students.
The following TI guide builds upon an extensive literature review to present 19 research-informed principles for guiding assessment of student learning in diverse postsecondary contexts.