Posts filed under "Assessment / Competency"

The Assessment Perspective: Why Are Test Items So Boring?

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not represent the views or opinions of my employer. High-stakes tests have a reputation for making an interesting subject boring. Test items tend to contain the bare minimum of information needed, they lack...  [Read More]

Who Are Our Exam Takers?

Excelsior College partners with students to provide a personalized pathway to earning a college degree, giving them  greater control, value, and flexibility in completing degree requirements. One of the most flexible ways to earn credit is through our UExcel exams and Excelsior...  [Read More]

Goodyear compiles report on alternative learning, featured in Inside Higher Ed

Tina Goodyear, COO, Presidents’ Forum recently penned the white paper proposal draft, (CQAL): Collaborative for Quality in Alternative Learning. The report highlights the need for quality assurance, industry challenges and more. The CQAL white paper was also featured in Inside Higher Ed’s...  [Read More]

The Case for CACE

Sometimes in higher education common sense and doing the right thing for students supersede competition, policies, and politics (SARA may quickly come to mind). An example, the newly-minted Consortium for the Assessment of College Equivalency (CACE), formed officially in 2015, demonstrates how...  [Read More]

Beyond remediation: Using technology to maximize retention and completion

The EvoLLLution (Evo): What is the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills (DAACS)? Jason Bryer (JB): The DAACS is a low-stakes formative assessment designed to give students and academic advisors a sense of a student’s strengths and weaknesses. We came to...  [Read More]

Three misconceptions about the separation of instruction and assessment

In a recent article in The EvoLLLution, David Schejbal pointed out some advantages of separating assessment from instruction. The argument, essentially, is that since quality assurance happens as learning is assessed, we can improve consistency by having assessments that don’t depend on...  [Read More]

Competency vs. mastery

“Competency-based” education appears to be this year’s answer to America’s higher education challenges, judging from this week’s news in Washington. Unlike MOOCs (last year’s solution), there is, refreshingly, greater emphasis on the validation of learning. Yet, all may not be as represented....  [Read More]