Aligning assessment to Learning Objectives

Assessments should reveal how well students have learned what we want them to learn while instruction ensures that they learn it. For this to occur, assessments, learning objectives, and instructional strategies need to be closely aligned so that they reinforce one another.

To ensure that these three components of your course are aligned, ask yourself the following questions:

Learning objectives: What do I want students to know how to do when they leave this course?

Assessments: What kinds of tasks will reveal whether students have achieved the learning objectives I have identified?

Instructional strategies: What kinds of activities in and out of class will reinforce my learning objectives and prepare students for assessments?

Checklist for creation of effective ASSESSMENT 

  • Does the assessment test for the content in the Lesson Objective?
  • Assessment aligned to at least the skill in the Lesson Objective?
  • Is the assessment designed such that majority of students can answer it?
  • Is the assessment designed to bring out student misconceptions?

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