Classroom Assessment Techniques for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


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The
Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG) web site was constructed as a resource for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) instructors.

The goal of this website is to provide resources that enable instructors to begin a journey to more effective assessment of student learning. The first step is to articulate your course goals. Once you have identified your course goals, this website presents Classroom Assessment Techniques or CATs that are aligned with them. The CATs are a rich, eye-opening source of ideas and associated tools that have been extensively field-tested by colleagues across the spectrum of STEM disciplines and post-secondary institutions.

This website has 6 main sections:


Introduction
It contains a brief introduction of the FLAG web site, the Editorial Board members, acknowledgments, and the Fellows who have been the driving force behind this Institute.


Primer
The primer is designed to welcome you to the world of classroom assessment.


Matching goals to CATs
This section of the FLAG is intended to help you select the most appropriate assessment technique(s) for your course. The first step is to articulate your course goals. Once you have identified your course goals, this website presents Classroom Assessment Techniques or CATs that are aligned with them.

Classroom Assessment Techniques -- CATs
The CATs are succinct, self-contained, self-instructional, web-based modules that introduce a broadly applicable technique for use in college or university STEM courses. Each CAT has been written by a college or university instructor who currently uses the technique, and has been reviewed by the FLAG Editorial Board for accuracy and consistency with current professional standards of assessment.


Tools
The tools are discipline-specific instruments "nested" within CATs. Since some instructors may be looking for convenient, time-saving, discipline-specific tools or instruments that may be implemented directly with only a modicum of additional effort, FLAG has devised a database of appropriate tools. The database can be sorted by discipline or CAT, or searched by discipline, purpose or CAT.


Resources
This last section contains several useful resources for faculty who wish to expand their knowledge of assessment practices in college and university STEM courses or to contact individuals who currently use these techniques in their own courses. Other information such as useful web sites, experts near home, and a small annotated bibliography are provided.