Welcome to the School of Education’s Assessment webinar! We will be discussing assessment and the assessment process at Northcentral University. In the past few years, Northcentral created a culture of assessment through the development of three areas: program assessment, specialization assessment, and outcomes assessment. Each area has a specific system. But before we go into each system, Let’s discuss assessment.
By being committed to student learning, we have to show how we are achieving student learning and that’s where assessment comes in.Assessment is a systematic and intentional evaluation of student learning and achievement. It is done continuously and provides data to help us improve our courses, our interactions, and our environment. It allows us to demonstrate how students are learning what we say they are learning.
Assessment is the process by which a university measures if students are learning and if the learning is aligned with the field or specialization. Without assessment we have no way of knowing. The assessment process starts with an alignment of the course outcomes with specialization and program outcomes. These outcomes are sometimes tied to national standards. The outcomes are then measured through student work, often by using a rubric. A rubric is a measurement guide that determines if learning is taking place.
At Northcentral, we use a three tiered approach to assessmentProgram assessment looks at many different elements around student achievement and provides us with high level data around each program in the SoE.Specialization assessment looks as the specific specialization and makes sure our outcomes are aligned with national standards and Northcentral standards.Course level assessment looks at student work to see if students are achieving the outcomes. Student work is measured at the activity level.
Program assessment includes all of the elements on this slide. Northcentral knows from experience that any of the items on the left can influence student success and are a measure of our success in teaching. We use program assessment to complete the tasks on the right. Once we do the program assessment, we build an action plan based on our findings. Then we measure again to make sure our actions show positive improvement.
Specialization assessment helps Northcentral assure students are learning what the field says they should be learning. This assessment helps make sure our specializations match the field by aligning the course outcomes with any national standards. In education, there are lots of standards. Northcentral is currently a candidate for TEAC accreditation, which helps us assure our masters level teacher education programs are effective and we are providing the “right stuff” for each specialization.We are currently using artifacts assessment to measure the selected programs and course outcomes. Artifacts assessment uses a rubric specifically designed for the course to measure randomly selected student work to see if they are meeting the outcomes. We use faculty mentors to read and assess the work for all the random samples. The artifact assessment does not impact the student grades because the student work has no identifying information on it, but does help us identify if our students are meeting the outcomes.
Finally, we are planning on adding a student learning assessment at the outcome level in Fall 2012. Student work will be evaluated using a rubric designed for specific activities every time they submit an activity. The data collected will help us see if we are achieving our goals at the course level. We will also be able to track how faculty mentors are responding to students and that will help us make sure our faculty meet our standards.
So, now you can see our culture of assessment. We use three systems, all data driven, to make sure our students are learning what we say they are. Assessment starts at the mission and values and goes right down to the student and faculty mentor level.
Northcentral University Assessment Is systematic and intentional Is iterative and endless Allows us to demonstrate that students are learning what we say they are learningA commitment to student learning is identical toa commitment to assessing student learning andusing data from assessment to improve learning
Any assessment process should provide Northcentral University data to answer these questions:1. Are students learning?2. Is the learning aligned to the needs of the field?3. How do you know?
Northcentral UniversityThree Tiered Approach Program level (encompasses many points) Specialization level looks at program/specialization level outcomes Course level looks at student learning in each course
Northcentral University Program Assessment Evaluates the Usually done every 2 overall results of a years: program using: Identifies large areas of Student surveys concern Faculty surveys Sets goals for the Student grades/rubric program in future data Examines program Student evaluations outcomes against Retention data professional requirements Enrollment data Used to assure Alumni Surveys accreditors of overall Graduate Surveys program quality Employer Surveys
Northcentral University Specialization Assessment Evaluates the overall results of learning in a specialization against program outcomes Aligns program level outcomes to national standards or other set of standards (curriculum mapping) Examines data around program outcomes Reviews overall student performance by course grades and overall rubric results Can be done using artifacts assessment
Northcentral University Student Learning Assessment Evaluates individual student learning: At the course level At the learning outcome level Uses a set of identified standards (curriculum mapping) Consistent measurement at the course level Rubric to measure student learning and provide data to inform grade AND evaluate effectiveness of assignment/activity Provides data to support specialization and program assessment Collects data around the effectiveness of faculty mentors
Northcentral UniversityAssessment System Program Assessment Specialization Assessment Outcome Assessment DATA DRIVEN ASSESSMENT SYSTEM