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Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning Assessment Data Analysis

Assessment Data Analysis Toolkit

Assessment data provide a means to look at student performance in order to offer evidence about student learning in the curriculum, provide information about program strengths and weaknesses, and guide decision-making. Analyzing the data — in context — gives meaning to the information collected and is essential in order to appropriately utilize and communicate the assessment results. The resources below are intended to help faculty and programs summarize and display data collected about student learning as part of program or course assessment. They assume some familiarity with basic data analysis and with the academic program of interest.

ATL is available to work with undergraduate programs to analyze and create visual displays of assessment data to engage faculty in discussions of assessment results; contact us for additional information.

Notes:

  • Many of these resources contain strategies for organizing, analyzing, and presenting assessment data using Microsoft Excel. While other software can be used for assessment purposes, instructions for their specific use are not addressed.
  • While these resources provide techniques and examples for many types of data and situations, it is up to the user to determine what methods are appropriate for their specific needs and type of data.
  • Please contact ATL for assistance determining appropriate analysis methods or data collection practices for program assessment, or with other questions about using these resources.

Educational Research and Publication: While assessment utilizes many of the same qualitative and quantitative methodologies applied by traditional social science research, these resources are NOT designed for those who are interested in generating/publishing scholarly research from their assessment activities or findings. Please contact ATL if you have questions about distinguishing the data needs of program-level assessment and educational research, or about sharing results from assessment.

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TopicAuthorResourceDescription
Data OrganizationATL - WSUOrganizing Assessment Data for AnalysisPDF resource containing tips and suggestions intended to help faculty consider best practices and plan for organizing data collected about student learning
Quantitative Data AnalysisATL - WSUAnalyzing Quantitative (Numeric) Assessment DataPDF resource containing tips and suggestions intended to help faculty consider best practices and plan for summarizing quantitative (numeric) data about student learning
Qualitative Data AnalysisATL - WSUAnalyzing Qualitative (Textual) Assessment DataPDF resource containing tips and suggestions intended to help faculty consider best practices and plan for summarizing qualitative (textual) data about student learning
Qualitative Data AnalysisUniversity of Hawaii, ManoaAnalysis of Open‐Ended Survey Responses – Where to Start?PDF resource with a step-by-step guide for tackling open-ended survey response analysis
Quantitative & Qualitative Data AnalysisUniversity of Hawaii, ManoaMaking Sense of Assessment DataPDF resource addressing how to use meaningful questions to guide data analysis and practical techniques to summarize and synthesize assessment data that are numeric and text-based
Reporting ResultsATL - WSUReporting Assessment Results to External StakeholdersWebpage with tips and resources for effectively reporting assessment results to external stakeholders
Data StewardshipATL - WSUAssessment Data Stewardship: Tips for Academic ProgramsPDF resource with data stewardship tips for those collecting and managing degree program assessment data that align with WSU’s Executive Policy #8
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