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Assessment Glossary

Actions and Follow-ups: Explanation of how results have been used to make changes and improvements

Assessment: The systematic process of establishing outcomes, explaining how those outcomes will be measured, collecting data, and analyzing/reviewing those data to make changes and improvements

Assessment Method: The strategies, techniques, tools and products used to determine the extent to which the outcome was met (SUNY Orange)

Assessment Plan: The document that outlines the outcomes and assessment methods, including the criterion/target and when and how often, that units will use to conduct assessment

Assessment Report: The document that shows the outcomes, assessment methods (including the criterion/target and when and how often), results, actions and follow-ups for a particular unit

Criterion/Target: The threshold that indicates success for an assessment method within TracDat

Customer Service: Assistance of resources provided to those who consume products or services

Data: A body of facts or information

Direct: Assessment methods that are based on a sample of work that someone produced.

Effectiveness: Adequately accomplishing a purpose or producing the intended or expected result

Efficiency: Performing in the best possible way with the least waste of time and effort

Follow-ups: See Actions and Follow-Ups

Formative Assessment: A wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course (The Glossary of Education Reform)

Indirect: Assessment methods that are based on individuals' thoughts and perceptions of their experiences

Nuventive Improve (TracDat): A Nuventive product that serves as Winston-Salem State University's online assessment management system

Outcome: A statement of intention to achieve a specific result; expression of the desired, measurable end results

Process-Oriented Outcome: Statement that explains the service or product that the unit plans to deliver

Qualitative Data: Non-numerical information, such as written responses to surveys or focus group summaries

Quantitative data: Numerical information, such as statistics

Results: The data collected for a particular assessment method

Rubric: An evaluation tool or set of guidelines used to promote the consistent application of learning expectations, learning objectives, or learning standards in the classroom, or to measure their attainment against a consistent set of criteria (The Glossary of Education Reform)

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs): Statements that describe what students know, think, or will be able to do upon completion of a program/project/course

Summative Assessments: used to evaluate student learning, skill acquisition, and academic achievement at the conclusion of a defined instructional period--typically at the end of a project, unit, course, semester, program, or school year (The Glossary of Education Reform)

Target: See Criterion/Target

When and How Often: Explanation of the time period and frequency when data will be collected, analyzed and reported within TracDat