Types of Direct Measures Used at WSU
WSU encourages programs to choose measures that provide useful information to their faculty and fit with disciplinary expectations. The following are some examples of the types of direct measures used at WSU.
|Course Embedded Assignment||Students complete course assignments that are directly related to program SLOs as a regular part of the course (and instructors grade the assignments for the course grade). In addition, the assignments are evaluated using criteria or a scoring rubric by the instructor and/or other program faculty and these scores are used for program-level assessment.
Types of assignments may include:
|Course Embedded Exam||Students take tests/exams as part of a course that include questions directly aligned with program SLOs. The test/exam results are used for course grades and program assessment.|
|Observation of Student Performance||Students’ performance of a task or activity is rated/scored by an unobtrusive observer, often using an “observation checklist” or rubric.|
|National Exam||Students take a test/exam that is administered, scored, and interpreted in a standardized manner; often commercially developed and administered to many (e.g., across the nation). May be linked to professional certification or to a concept inventory.|
|Internship Supervisor, Preceptor, or Employer Evaluation of Student Skills and Knowledge||Typically a written evaluation of student performance in a work setting. May include a rubric, checklist, or other way to align the evaluation with specific program SLOs.|