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Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide, 3rd Edition

Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide, 3rd Edition

Linda Suskie

ISBN: 978-1-119-42692-9

Jan 2018, Jossey-Bass

408 pages



Assessing Student Learning is a standard reference for college faculty and administrators, and the third edition of this highly regarded book continues to offer comprehensive, practical, plainspoken guidance. The third edition adds a stronger emphasis on making assessment useful; greater attention to building a culture in which assessment is used to inform important decisions; an enhanced focus on the many settings of assessment, especially general education and co-curricula; a new emphasis on synthesizing evidence of student learning into an overall picture of an integrated learning experience; new chapters on curriculum design and assessing the hard-to-assess; more thorough information on organizing assessment processes; new frameworks for rubric design and setting standards and targets; and many new resources. Faculty, administrators, new and experienced assessment practitioners, and students in graduate courses on higher education assessment will all find this a valuable addition to their bookshelves.

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Part I. Understanding Assessment

1. What is Assessment?

2. The Many Settings for Student Learning and Assessment

3. What are Effective Assessment Practices?

Part II. Laying a Foundation for Assessment Success

4. Learning Goals: Articulating What You Most Want Students to Learn

5. Designing Curricula to Help Students Learn What’s Important

6. How Will Your Student Learning Evidence Be Used?

7. Planning Assessments in Academic Programs

8. Planning Assessments in General Education, Co-Curricula, and Other Settings

Part III. Building a Pervasive, Enduring Culture of Evidence and Betterment

9. Guiding and Coordinating Assessment Efforts

10. Helping Everyone Learn What to Do

11. Supporting Assessment Efforts

12. Keeping Assessment Cost-Effective

13. Collaborating on Assessment

14. Valuing Assessment and the People Who Contribute

Part IV. the Assessment Toolbox

15. Designing Rubrics to Plan and Assess Assignments

16. Creating Effective Assignments

17. Writing Multiple Choice and Other Traditional Tests

18. Assembling Evidence of Student Learning into Portfolios

19. Selecting Published Instruments

20. Other Assessment Tools

21. Assessing the Hard-to-Assess

Part V. Understanding and Using Evidence of Student Learning

22. Setting Appropriately Rigorous Standards and Targets

23. Summarizing and Storing Evidence of Student Learning

24. Analyzing Evidence of Student Learning

25. Sharing Evidence of Student Learning

26. Using Evidence of Student Learning to Inform Important Decisions