Assessment vs. Evaluation: Systematic Process of Documenting

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Assessment

  • Assessment is the systematic process of documenting and using empirical data to measure knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs.
  • Improve learning path

Evaluation

  • Evaluation focuses on grades and might reflect classroom components other than course content and mastery level.
  • Final review
  • Product oriented
  • Judgmental
  • I give you a flower
  • Evaluation - The flower is purple and is too short with not enough leaves (judgmental)
  • Assessment - “I՚ll give the flower some water to improve its growth.” (aim to increase quality)
Assessment vs Evaluation
AssessmentEvaluation
Is ongoingProvides closure
Improves learning qualityJudges learning level
IndividualizedApplied against standards
UngradedGraded
Provides feedbackShows shortfalls
Process-orientedProduct-oriented

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