Classroom assessments help instructors gain information about what students have mastered and can be used to improve teaching.  Student knowledge should be regularly assessed throughout a course through an ongoing approach.1  The accompanying figure presents the assessment cycle. When instructors regularly assess student learning, the results can be used to adjust the teaching. Although assessments are typically implemented following instruction, planning for assessment should begin prior to instruction.2  This module provides information about getting feedback from students to adjust your instruction and suggests assessment strategies.


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(1) Angelo, T. A. & Cross, K. P. (1993). Classroom assessment techniques. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Boss.

(2) Duke, R. (2004). Intelligent college teaching: Essays on the principles of effective instruction. Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin University Press. Community College of Philidelphia. (n.d.) Assessment information.