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Thomas Angelo and Patricia Cross¹ offer the following practical framework for acting on your assessment analysis:
- Interpret the results
- Try to get an overall picture of how your students are doing before interpreting individual results.
- Ask, "Why did students respond in the way that they did?"
- Ask, "Where did they succeed or struggle?"
- Communicate the results
- Be sure to do this in a resonable amount of time.
- Remind students of the tasks’ learning objectives, how you interpreted their ability to meet these objectives, and what you intend to do in response.
- Evaluate how the results will help you in your teaching
- Did this assignment achieve your learning goals?
- How will these results affect the rest of the course or future courses?
- Did anything unexpected occur?
- What will you do differently the next time you teach the course?
¹Angelo, T., & Cross, K.P. (1993). Classroom assessment techniques. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc.
This is an essential book about classroom assessment. It is available at the Office for Teaching, Learning and Assessment library.