Office of Academic Assessment




The links below will provide you with a variety of methods for assessing student learning.  While you will see some ideas repeated across the links, each will provide a slightly different frramework for thinking about what you want to assess and how you might do so.  


Selecting and Implementing Assessment Methods


From the Learning Outcomes Assessment Planning Guide from California Polytechnic Institute.  Provides a list of methods with brief descriptions of each.


Assessment Instruments and Methods Available To Assess Student Learning In the Major 


Divides assessment strategies into direct and indirect measures and provides a description of each.  From the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Assessment Techniques and Activities


Twenty-four assorted tips and ideas for assessing student learning. From Montana State University.


Program Outcomes Assessment Methods


Lists direct and indirect assessment methods separately, with brief descriptions for each.  From Oklahoma State University.

Assessing Outcomes


Chapter 4 of the Texas A & M Assessment ManualProvides examples of formative and summative assessment strategies. 

Assessment Workbook


Chapters III-VII of this workbook from Ball State provide a variety of methods for assessing student learning.


Authentic Assessment Toolbox

Explains how and why to create strategies for authentic assessment (“A form of assessment in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills”-- Jon Mueller)


Assessment Methods: A Close-Up Look


This document by Barbara D. Wright, Assessment Director at Eastern Connecticut State University, suggests advantages and disadvantages for a variety of assessment strategies.


Evaluating Assessment Strategies


This resource from APA Online offers advantages, disadvantages, and recommendations for a variety of assessment techniques (pp. 14 ff) as well as other useful information on assessment..