Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and Evaluation

Postings related to promoting more productive methods for educational assessment and evaluation, for instance design-based research, impact assessment.

"Pineapples Don't Have Sleeves": More Standardized Testing Follies

A misguided set of standardized test questions not only reveals the follies of standardized testing, but also reveals some clues about what may really be worth assessing.

Reflections on a Music Report Card

An old report card I found recently offers some amusing and maybe useful insights about how education has evolved in the past 40 years. What does it mean to have been graded on musicianship?

Some Thoughts on the Value of Course Completion as a Measure of Effectiveness

Recently I read a paper about the relative value of synchronous vs. asynchronous course delivery which illustrates some of the pitfalls of using course completion as a primary indicator of course effectiveness. On the one hand, the paper provides strong evidence that synchronous course delivery fills niches for some students which asynchronous courses do not.

Thoughts on the "Problem" of Grade Inflation

"Grade inflation" is a symptom of a larger and more important issue that needs addressing: how to create an educational system which effectively educates as many learners as possible?

Student "Stand-ins" as a Form of Cheating in Online Courses

Although my sense is that the level of misplaced concern about the issue of cheating in online courses is not as large as it used to be, it is still a very real issue.