GENERAL SLO RESOURCES
Resources for Math
While this page is divided into "outcomes" and "assessments," these to ideas go together: SLOs must include an assessment component and assessments are based on SLOs. Therefore most of these websites include information on both.
Most institutions have an assessment department that deals with helping faculty develop student learning outcomes and the corresponding assessment techniques. Thus many of the links correspond to useful sites of these departments.
These ideas have been therefore separated into two lists merely based on emphasis, rather than on exclusivity.
How do these categories of assessment fit into the types of skills?
|Selected Response||Essay Assessments||Performance Assessments and Products||Personal Communication|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Multiple-choice, true/false, matching, and fill-in questions can sample mastery of elements of knowledge.||Exercises can tap understanding of relationships among elements of knowledge||This is not a good choice for this achievement target.||Can ask students questions, evaluate answers, and infer mastery. This is a time-consuming option for assessing students' knowledge and understanding.|
|Reasoning||Can assess students' application of some patterns of reasoning.||Written descriptions of complex problems solutions can provide a window into students' reasoning.||Can watch student solve problems or examine some products and infer about reasoning proficiency.||Can ask student to "think aloud" or can ask follow-up questions to probe reasoning.|
|Performance SKills||Can assess mastery of understandings prerequisite to skillful performance, but cannot rely on these to tap the skill itself.||Can assess mastery of understandings prerequisite to skillful performance, but cannot rely on these to tap the skill itself.||Can observe and evaluate skills as they are being performed.||A Strong match when skill is oral communication proficiency; also can assess mastery of knowledge prerequisite to skillful performance.|
|Products||Can only assess mastery of the understandings prerequisite to the ability to create quality products.||Can assess mastery of knowledge prerequisite to product development; brief essays can provide evidence of writing proficiency.||Can assess proficiency in carrying out steps in product development, and the attributes of the product itself.||Can probe procedural knowledge and knowledge of attributes of quality products, but not product quality.|