Reporting Assessment Results Annually
Annual assessment reports should include the following:
1. A separate table for each learning outcome assessed during the academic year. Each learning outcome should appear on its own page. The
a) Assessment measures/methods. In this column, list the courses, assignments, projects, tests, questionnaires, and so forth that were used to measure the learning outcome. The information in this column should match what is in the department assessment plan.
b) Target/Benchmark. List the targets and benchmarks for the assessment given in the first column. The information should match what is in the department assessment plan.
c) Results. Show whether the target/benchmark was met or not met and provide relevant data. Brief comments about the results can be provided in this space if necessary.
d) Action Taken. List here the concrete steps the department intends to take in response to the results.
2. A brief narrative, discussion, or set of minutes from the meeting in which assessment was discussed. Discussion might center on such topics as
a) Interpretation of data.
b) Closing the loop: How well do actions taken appear to have helped improve student learning?
c) Reflections/observations about learning and pedagogy from faculty in the department: What appears to be working? How are students meeting challenges? What do students appear to be struggling with? (These reflections/observations might initially be sparked by assessment data, but they needn’t be limited by the data.)
d) Rationale for planned action.
3. Optional : A notes page providing additional details for results and actions.
4. Optional: Rubrics (only if new or revised) used in assessing leaning outcomes mentioned in the report.
The annual assessment report does not require:
a) Tables of results from previous assessment cycles. However, reporters may wish to include such information in the discussion/narrative section.
b) Details of strategies: actual test questions or writing prompts, for example.
c) Rubrics (unless they are new or revised).
d) Samples of student work.
e) Results from individual sections of the same course. Such information might be included in the discussion section if it is pertinent to actions.