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Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning

American Association for Higher Education Best Practices (AAHE)

  • The assessment of student learning begins with educational values.
  • Assessment is most effective when it reflects an understanding of learning as a multidimensional, integrated, and revealed in performance over time.
  • Assessment works best when the program it seeks to improve have clear, explicitly stated purposes.
  • Assessment requires attention to outcomes but also and equally the experience that lead to those outcomes.
  • Assessment works best when it is ongoing, not episodic.
  • Assessment fosters wider improvement when representatives from across the educational community are involved.
  • Assessment makes a difference when it begins with issues of use and illuminates questions people really care about.
  • Assessment is most likely to lead to improvement when it is part of a larger set of conditions that promote change.
  • Through assessment, educators meet responsibilities to students and the public.

For more information, reference the full text of article (PDF)

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