20 January 2009

Transformative Assessment

If you are open to transformative assessment, there's a rubric waiting for you.

The concept is a few years old (2003), since EDUCAUSE joined with TLT Group, Washington State University, and the Coalition for Networked Information in a project. The purpose was to create a tool to assess how data could be put to use in improving practice.

The Transformative Assesssment instrument is based on a continuum with numerical range of 1 to 6 for identifying an assessment as Administrative (1-2), Progressive (3-4), or Transformative (5-6). Four dimensions are outlined on page 1 of the instrument:

Assessment Purpose
Data Acquisition & Analysis
Application of Findings

Pages 2-4 break down the dimensions with a descriptive rubric. (The last page provides a scoring form.)

The rubric provides concepts to stimulate discussion among staff and faculty. The continuum may appeal to stakeholders who need a broad picture of the potential for assessment efforts.

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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