Definitions

These are our working definitions to help us with shared meaning on assessment issues.

Alignment
The goals, interventions, and assessments are linked and support each other.
Assessment
A process of observing and measuring something with the intent to determine its effectiveness or condition. Assessment generates the evidence we need to make informed decisions.
Evaluation
A process of observing and measuring something with the intent to determine its value or quality.
Evidence
Outward signs or things that provide proof about the subject matter or the claims.
Goal
Your area’s desired accomplishments or aspirations, written broadly. These could include any factors representing your area’s values, function, contribution to society, or impact on learning.
Intervention
Intentional activities or structures enacted to accomplish a goal or generate change. (Teaching is a kind of intervention.)
Learning
A change in knowledge, skills, or attitudes that persists over time.
Learning Outcome
A type of goal representing the knowledge, skills or attitudes every learner who successfully completes an educational experience can demonstrate in an observable way.
Measure
Qualitative or quantitative evidence indicating the degree, quality or rationale.
Method
The procedure, technique, process, or mode of inquiry employed to accomplish something.
Teaching
Actions to induce a desired change in knowledge, skills, or attitudes in another.