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Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

Using Classroom Assessment Techniques

Prepared by the CELT Teaching Fellows

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Grading

Improving College Grading, IDEA Paper 19 (PDF) is available from the Kansas State "IDEA" Web site, or visit the CELT Library in Kettler Hall, room 234, where you may read a hard copy version.

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Rubrics

Rubistar, is a free rubric creation tool for "Project-Based Learning Activities" in a variety of subjects, including Art and Math. It's a good tool to get you started. You can customize any aspect of your rubric, too.

How to Calculate Rubric Points for Accurate Grading of Writing

Staying on Solid Ground with Rubrics, presented by Carolyn Stumph and Dan Callison at the CELT Fall 2007 Teaching Conference is available on DVD through the CELT Library.

Sample Rubrics for Multimedia Assignments (PDF) were prepared by Ann Wysocki, Michigan Technical University, Fall 2006 keynote speaker. these assignments include brochure creation, responding to a comic on a social issue, a research documentary photo book, review of editorials, an online research project, an oral presentation, and argumentative poster, a research paper, a rhetorical analysis, instruction writing assignment, and a response to a public service announcement. There is also a page of descriptions of the characteristics of polished writing.

Holistic Critical Thinking Scoring Rubric (PDF) offers a simplified critical thinking rubric along with instructions for its use in grading writing assignments by Peter and Noreen Facione and published by the California Academic Press.

Critical Thinking Cross-disciplinary Rubric
The Washington State University (WSU) Critical Thinking Project developed a rubric for critical thinking which faculty from a variety of disciplines from History to Physics adapted. Click on "Resource Guide" at the top of the page to obtain a copy of WSU's excellent critical thinking rubric and examples of how faculty from disciplines as different as physics and history adapted it. Note: The link "CT Rubric" on the left menu is not available. All other links are.

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Test Construction

Test construction resources can be found at the Kansas State "IDEA: web site, or visit the CELT Library in Kettler Hall, room 234, where you may read hard copy versions of these papers.

Improving Multiple Choice Tests, IDEA Paper 16 (PDF)
Improving Essay Tests, IDEA Paper 17 (PDF)
Matching Instructional Objectives, Subject Matter, Tests, and Score Interpretation, IDEA Paper 18 (PDF)

Evaluating Your Assessment Instrument Prepared by the CELT Teaching Fellows

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