Assessment Resources

In July of 2013, all regional accrediting agencies in the United States, along with several national higher education associations came together to endorse a statement on “Principles for Effective Assessment of Student Achievement”.

Assessment Web Resources | Print Resources | Assessment Glossary

Assessment Web Resources

Print Resources

  • Arreola, R.A. (2007). Developing a comprehensive faculty evaluation system: A guide to designing, building, and operating large-scale faculty evaluation systems. (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Astin, A. W. (1991). Assessment for excellence. New York: Macmillan.
  • Banta, T. W. (Ed). (1988). Implementing outcomes assessment: Promises and perils. New Directions for Institutional Research, no. 59. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1988.
  • Boyer, E. L. (1990). Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass.
  • Braxton, J.M. Ed. (2006). Analyzing faculty work and rewards: Using Boyer’s four domains of scholarship. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Flinders, D. J., & Thornton, S. J. (Eds.). (2013). The curriculum studies reader (4th ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • Gillespie, K.J., Robertson, D. L.,& Associates. (2010). A guide to faculty development (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Grunert, J., Millis, B.J., & Cohan, M.W. (2008). The course syllabus: A learning-centered approach. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Jacobs, H. H. (1997). Mapping the big picture: Integrating curriculum and assessment K-12. VA: ASCD.
  • McKinney, K. (2007). Enhancing learning through the scholarship of teaching and learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Maki, P.L. (2010). Assessing for learning: Building a sustainable commitment across the institution (2nd ed.). Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Nilson, L.B. (2007). The graphic syllabus and outcomes map: Communicating your course. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Ornstein, A. C., & Hunkins, F. P. (2012). Curriculum: Foundations, principles, and issues (6th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
  • Parkay, F. W., Hass, G., & Anctil, E. J. (2010). Curriculum leadership: Readings for developing quality educational programs (9th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Schiro, M. S. (2012). Curriculum theory: Conflicting visions and enduring concerns. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Seldin, P. (1999). Changing practices in evaluating teaching: A practical guide to improved faculty performance and promotion/tenure decisions. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Seldin, P. & Associates (Eds). (2006). Evaluating faculty performance: A practical guide to assessing teaching, research, and service. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Suskie, L. (2007). Assessing student learning: A common sense guide. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Tyler, R.W. (1949). Basics of curriculum and instruction. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Tyler, R.W. (1950). Basics of curriculum and instruction: Syllabus for education 305. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Walvoord, B.E. (2004). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments, and general education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Zubizarreta, J. (2004). The learning portfolio: Reflective practice for improving student learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Assessment Glossary

Action Research
“Involves teachers as individuals or in groups in investigating and improving their own classrooms, usually through ongoing cycles of planning, implementation, reflection, and revision.”
Achievement Test
“Standardized test designed to measure how much has been learned from a particular subject.”
“Holding schools and teachers responsible for what students learn.”
“Term used to indicate that a school curriculum is matched with state and national standards as well as with state and national tests.”
Authentic Assessment
“Examines student learning in the broader sense, eliciting multiple data on both what the student has learned and what the student can do.”
“A form of curriculum of evaluation usually focused on students; it may be based on conventional test scores or include other ways of attempting to discover what students have learned.”
“The licensure of personnel through prescribed programs of training and education.”
“The demonstrated ability to perform specified acts at a particular level of skill or accuracy.”
Criterion-Referenced Evaluation
“Evaluation that measures success by the attainment of established levels of performance. Individual success is based wholly on the performance of the individual without regard to the performance of others.”
“The total experiences planned for a school or students.”
Formal Assessments
“Planned, obtrusive activities that gather information, usually about student learning.”
Formative Evaluation
“A method of assessment that occurs before or during instruction to guide teacher planning or identify students’ needs.
“The attribution of merit and worth.”
Informal Assessments
“Typically continuous and minimally obtrusive activities that gather information, usually about student learning.”
Merit (in evaluation)
“How well something is done, regardless of the worth of doing it in the first place.”
Outcome Statements
“Specifications of the levels of achievement students are supposed to reach as a result of a lesson, a curriculum, or some other educational activity.”
Performance Tasks
“Work that students are assigned to complete, usually in accordance with specific criteria.“
“Systematic, collections of work created by students; they demonstrate what students have accomplished or learned.”
Reliability (in measurement)
“Refers to how consistently any form of measurement actually measures that which it is supposed to measure.”
“A context for student learning such as an outline or question stem.”
“Process of individuals (usually students) weighing and valuing the merit and worth of what they have done or accomplished.”
Summative Evaluation
“The collection and weighing of the merit and worth of appropriate information following the completion of a program or curriculum.
“The method of grouping students according to their ability level in homogeneous classes or learning experiences.”
Validity (in measurement)
“The degree to a test or instrument measures what it is supposed to measure.”

The definitions in this glossary were derived from several sources, including:

  1. Glatthorn, A.A., Boschee, F., & Whitehead, B.M. (2009). Curriculum Leadership: Strategies for Development and Implementation. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  2. Marsh, C.J. & Willis, G. (2003). Curriculum: Alternative Approaches, Ongoing Issues. New Jersey: Merrill Prentice Hall.
  3. Wiles, J.W. & Bondu, J.C. (2011). Curriculum Development: A Guide to Practice. Upper Saddle River: Pearson.


If you have any questions about the University Assessment Committee, please contact either of the committee co-chairs:

Brian Bogert

Director of Institutional Research

Jayme Hines

Assistant Professor of Education