Alternatives to Outcome Assessment Testing in Higher Education
Assessment is a study in evolution within higher educational institutions. The history of assessment is traceable to as early as the …show more content…
Education had generally been a pursuit that resided in the realm of the very wealthy; however, gradually the merit system began to emerge among institutions. As a result, notae or note taking began to record academic progress as it became necessary for institutions to begin recording student achievement for prize allotment. Imperial Chinese examinations were the first known exams that based on merit. Then Europe began to model their exams after the Chinese model and the modern examination that led to traditional assessment practices began to emerge (Wilbrink, 1997). This was the beginning of the grading system within existing institutions today.
The Problem of Outcomes Assessment
As colleges and universities begin to keep track of students entering and exiting their establishments, they look at a spread of facts to decide whether the university has served the student to their best advantage. This assessment is a commonly used tool used in universities called the outcomes assessment. Outcomes assessments are usually employed within the field of higher education to find whether students have achieved success within their program of study. Those using outcomes assessments have