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Direct assessment of student is based on an analysis of student behaviors or products in which students demonstrate how well they have mastered student learning outcomes. The following are some of the major types of direct assessment showing the various pros and cons of each type of assessment.  Direct assessment can apply to course, program and institutional level assessment. An additional factor that may affect which strategies to use at the college is assessing equity of courses and programs across the different campuses.  

Strategies for Direct Assessment of Student Learning

1.

Published Tests

2.

Locally-Developed Tests

3.

Embedded Assignments and Course Activities

4.

Portfolios

5.

Collective Portfolios

The following provides samples of different types of published tests.  Of note is that many of the published tests such as ACCUPLACER or COMPASS are primarily online.  The ability to access website for testing purposes can be effected by the level of Internet access through FSM Telecommunications.  

Examples of Published Tests

Some Examples of Published Tests

Academic Profile

“college-level reading, critical thinking, writing, and mathematics in the context of materials from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences”

http://www.ets.org/hea/acpro

Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)

“assesses college students’ academic achievement in core general education skills” (writing, reading, math, science reasoning, and critical thinking)

http://www.act.org/caap/index.html

ACCUPLACER

reading, writing, and mathematics

http://www.collegeboard.com/highered/apr/accu/accu.html

COMPASS e-Write

writing

http://www.act.org/e-write/index.html

Following are a set of steps that can be used in selecting published tests.  

Steps in Selecting a Published Test

1.

Identify a possible test.

2.

Consider published reviews of this test, such as reviews in the Mental Measurements Yearbook.

3.

Order a specimen set from the publisher.

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