Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Different Approach to Assessment

The faculty and administration at Sarah Lawrence have adopted an assessment tool that stems from the culture of the college rather than adhering to standardized, nationally formed tests which some find to be inauthentic measures of student learning. According to a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, the faculty and administration developed six ʺcritical abilitiesʺ that they felt all students should possess and then developed criteria for evaluating. As one faculty member noted, “It’s impossible for standardize testing to actually evaluate the real dynamic intelligence of students...This is not about cookie cutters. We are individuals.” According to the article, the system seems to working well and has been endorsed by the college's accreditors.

Read the article Rejecting the Standardized Test...

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