Classroom Assessment Techniques. Teaching Day August 23, 2006 Nancy Hollins. Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs).
CATsare simple methods faculty can use to collect feedback, early and often, on how well students are learning what they are being taught. The purpose of classroom assessment is to provide faculty, and students, with the information and insights needed to improve teaching effectiveness and learning quality. It differs from tests and other forms of student grading in that it is generally not used to assign grades.
Classroom assessment can be used as a type of classroom research; as such it should be viewed as a legitimate form of scholarship.
Teaching strategies and CATs are often very similar. The difference is that CATs are used specifically to generate data to be used to make changes in teaching – with the goal of improving learning. The analysis of the assessment results is not focused on individual student performance but rather on overall class performance.
a) gain insight into the way students view a scientific topic;
b) examine the valid understandings and misconceptions students hold; and
c) assess the structural complexity of the relationships students depict.