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We ask our students, quite simply, to count fish.


The need for a different assessment


Institutions are equipped to improve higher-order skills when they connect teaching, learning, and assessment through authentic, performance-based practices.


Rewards content regurgitation Fails to gauge transferability

(a) William Shakespeare (b) John Updike (c) Ernest Hemingway (d) None of the above


Content knowledge

General knowledge

Content skills

General skills


Content knowledge


Content knowledge

General knowledge

Content skills

General skills


The provision of transferrable skills is as important as the provision of content.


The top ten in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that have not yet been invented in order to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet.


SO WHAT?


SO WHAT?


Academically adrift Limited learning on college campuses


Proportion of employers who say colleges should place MORE emphasis than they do on selected learning outcomes •The ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing •Critical thinking and analytic reasoning skills •The ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings •The ability to analyze and solve complex problems

89% 81% 79% 75%

AAC&U | 2008 | aacu.org/leap/public_opinion_research.cfm


Okay, enough. What is the [cwra]?


bias


small sample


quantitative reasoning


appropriate comparison group


correlation vs. causation


incorrect (improper?) use of data


ability to filter


metrics


Changed our admissions criteria

Starting to see the effects of adapting our pedagogical approach

Comparing longitudinal growth to cross-sectional growth


Looking at whether change is linear


Internal and External Comparisons


Internal and External Comparisons


Internal and External Comparisons


moving beyond assessment and accountability


writing

problem solving


aligning teaching, learning & assessment: collaboration


collegiatelearningassessment.org/contact


collegiatelearningassessment.org/contact


Albemarle County Public Schools

St. Christopher’s School Collegiate School Staunton River High School

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

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collegiatelearningassessment.org/contact


aligning teaching, learning & assessment: faculty development


ƒ What is authentic assessment? ƒ How does effective teaching support that (and vice versa)? ƒ What are the higher-order skills we value? Why? ƒ How are those skills demonstrated in student responses?


ƒ What are the components of a Performance Task? ƒ How do we effectively build them? ƒ Working | Sharing | Feedback


noun

action

A specific role A decision to make An authentic product Some stake


Sweetgrass

A specific role A decision to make An authentic product Some stake

Writing an article

You are a new reporter at a local newspaper, and your editor asks you to investigate whether there is a story behind some conflicting reports about a new sweetener made out of sweetgrass, and to write an email pitching the story. You know that there is another newspaper in town that may get the scoop on the story if you don’t act quickly enough.


chris jackson 212.217.0845 cjackson@cae.org @cla_beat collegiatelearningassessment.org /cwrapresentations


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