The Assessment Cycle

The Assessment Cycle

Whether one is assessing learning outcomes or objectives for an academic or co-curricular program or for a single course, it is important to remember that assessment is an iterative process, intended to provide useful feedback about what and how well students are learning. When developing the plan, it is important to think through all four steps of the cycle.

  1. Set program goals and outcomes: decide and articulate what students should know and/or be able to do when they complete the program or the class;
  2. Develop and implement assessment strategies: design tests, assignments, reports, performances, or other activities that measure the types and quality of learning expected;
  3. Review the assessment data: evaluate the results of the assessments to see what they show about student learning; and
  4. Create an action plan: decide how to address issues raised by the assessment data to improve student learning.