Ten Categories of Assessment Techniques

From Classroom Assessment Techniques, Angelo & Cross, 1993

  1. Assessing Prior Knowledge, Recall, and Understanding
    Techniques in this category assess content learning; that is, how well students are learning the content of the particular subject they are studying.
     
  2. Assessing Skill in Analysis and Critical Thinking
    Techniques in this category assess procedural learning; that is, students' skills at analyzing information or questions or problems to understand more fully or solve more effectively.
     
  3. Assessing Skill in Synthesis and Critical Thinking
    Techniques in this category stimulate students to create, and allow faculty to assess original intellectual products that result from a synthesis of the course content and the students' intelligence, judgment, knowledge, and skills.
     
  4. Assessing Skill in Problem Solving
    Techniques in this category allow faculty to assess and promote problemsolving skills of various kinds.
     
  5. Assessing Skill in Application and Performance
    Techniques in this category assess conditional knowledge; that is, students' understanding of when and where to apply what has been learned.
     
  6. Assessing Students' Awareness of Their Attitudes and Values
    Techniques in this category are designed to help faculty better understand and more effectively promote the development of attitudes, opinions, values, and self-awareness.
     
  7. Assessing Students' Self-Awareness as Learners
    Techniques in this category focus on students' awareness of goals, interests, or ways of learning.
     
  8. Assessing Course-Related Learning and Study Skills, Strategies, and Behaviors
    Techniques in this category focus attention on the ways students carry out their work; that is, the actual behaviors in which they engage as they try to learn.
     
  9. Assessing Learner Reactions to Teachers and Teaching
    Techniques in this category provide context-specific and teacher-specific feedback that can be used to improve teaching.
     
  10. Assessing Learner Reactions to Class Activities, Assignments, and Materials
    Techniques in this category are designed to provide faculty information that will help improve course materials and assignments.

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